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  1. The NY Times article is unclear on whether the flight was ordered to land in Phoenix to arrest the suspect, or if the suspect was just transiting Phoenix as part of his scheduled itinerary (though the language implies the latter). It appears that the Times just quotes the FBI press release, which is equally unclear.

    At any rate, it appears that the suspect’s movements were regularly monitored as part of a criminal investigation, and it’s not obvious whether mass information sharing was critical to his arrest. Law enforcement agencies have been able to (somewhat effectively) monitor the movements of criminal suspects long before there was massive information sharing on all travelers.

    If indeed a nonstop flight was ordered to land in Phoenix just because it carried a criminal suspect and was overflying US airspace, this raises other issues, but I suspect again that the authority to pull down a flight predates all the anti-terrorism legislation.

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