US Plans Huge Computer System To Spy On The Public

from the uh... dept

Well, I'd say the only big surprise on this one is that it's being done so openly. It seems that the US Government has created the Orwellian-named Information Awareness Office to build a huge computer system that will sift through all your private data to determine whether or not you might be a terrorist. They say, of course, that they're concerned about protecting people's privacy, but you can say whatever you want when you've got $200 million a year to build technology to spy on anyone and everyone. If the description of what they're planning to do isn't scary enough, check out their logo. This seems so over the top, my first thought was to check to see if it's April Fool's day. Unfortunately, it seems pretty real. This seems like a huge boondoggle that will make a lot of money for the companies chosen to supply the technology, but which will do little in the way of useful work in protecting anyone (though, it'll turn up all sorts of false positives while destroying individual privacy rights).
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    Wklink (profile), 12 Nov 2002 @ 9:05am


    In his first interview since he started the "information awareness" program, Poindexter, who figured prominently in the Iran-contra scandal more than a decade ago...
    "Figured prominently" is an understatement. He was Ollie's boss and was convicted. His conviction was overturned on the basiss that he was granted immunity for his testimony to Congress (in which he admitted to everything that he had been convicted of).

    Ollie's other plans during Iran-Contra were to turn FEMA (who are supposed to help clean up after natural disasters) into an enforcement arm for Martial Law in case anti-Contra protestors got in the way.

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