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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    patrock2, 27 Nov 2002 @ 7:07am

    Re: Poindexter

    I kept a newspaper article from that time that spelled out the new changes in martial law to include domestic unrest over national/foreign policy(peaceful demonstrations)..just to name one there were more..like making all county seats command posts for National Guard during martial law.. the article went on to say that it wasn't known whether or not Reagan signed it-what do you think he did? I think he signed it of course. These changes to declaring martial law were put on Reagan's desk by Ollie North..Also we have been under maritime law for decades now and remain so look at our flags they all have the yellow tassle fringe on them in all official offices..that is the flag of maritime law..which means we are not under constitutional protections and haven't been for decades..and especially now should it be invoked..hmmmm

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