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Recommended Reading on Total Information Awareness

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.

4 comments to Recommended Reading on Total Information Awareness

  • Tom

    Where did i read that only about 35% of US citizens can read over an 8th grade level?
    Good luck stopping this dictatorship by writing to your congressperson.

  • Well, yes, we need a lot of good luck, and yes, most Americans are being too damned lazy to even know that this law was passed, much less know what it does, much less consider the context within which the law operates.

    Yes, too, pressuring Congress is damned hard, especially with all the dirty corporate money that blocks their ears. However, I believe that the only thing worse than trying to get a flawed system to work is to not try at all.

    I’m going to keep on trying.

  • Tom

    Me too, i just look at it as close to hopeless, like defending the Alamo.

  • These days, I think that’s about right – but the cause is much better than the cause of the Alamo.

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