With spy satellites and airplanes like the U2 that used to be aimed against the Soviet Union now aimed at Ameican citizens by their own government, with vast new electronic surveillance programs under the Protect America Act sending spies out to snoop on American telephone calls, email, web use and even online purchases, and with the government telling courts that they must shut down any case that threatens to expose secret spy programs against Americans, smart citizens will choose to get informed on the subject of government spying against us.
A good place to start is at the center, the program that brings it all together: The very much alive and operational Total Information Awareness program. Back when the Congress supposedly shut down the Total Information Awareness program years ago, all that really happened is that funding for the program at DARPA run by Iran Contra figure John Poindexter was pulled. So, the government moved the program’s operations elsewhere, to the National Security Agency, where we started hearing, not too long afterwards, about warrantless wiretapping and roving electronic surveillance.
Recommended reading for this weekend: An article from the National Journal in February, 2006 written by Shane Harris: Its title: TIA Lives On
Keep in mind that this article reports what was known a year and a half ago. Total Information Awareness has had a lot of time to develop since then.