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This was the official logo for the Depart of Defense's Total Information Awareness program (really, it was - I'm not making this up). Congress forced the DoD to scrap the program amid protests from privacy advocacy groups, but it continues under other names. Articles about T.I.A. and it's progeny can be found together in the lower half of [Articles].

Reminder: Monday is Wiretap the Internet Day
Wired Blog Network, May 11 2007
A 1994 law made it a a requirement for providers to make their networks easier for the FBI to wiretap. The dealine to instigate these changes was Friday, May 11th 2007.
courtesy, dnd

National ID Card Scheme To Be Run By Big Data
DHS to Outsource REAL ID

@ TrutNetRadio, 11 January 2007

Perspective: National ID card a disaster in the making
by Richard Forno and Bruce Schneier
CNET News, May 3 2007
In March [2007], the Department of Homeland Security released its long-awaited guidance document regarding national implementation of the Real ID program, as part of its post-9/11 national security initiatives. It is perhaps quite telling that despite bipartisan opposition, Real ID was buried in a 2005 "must-pass" military spending bill and enacted into law without public debate or congressional hearings.
courtesy, André

Privacy under attack, but does anybody care?
It's vanishing, but there's no consensus on what it is or what should be done
By Bob Sullivan
Technology correspondent
MSNBC, Oct. 17, 2006
Courtesy batmanchester

Proposal to Implant Tracking Chips in Immigrants
by Bill Christensen Science, 31 May 2006
Scott Silverman, Chairman of the Board of VeriChip Corporation, has proposed implanting the company's RFID tracking tags in immigrant and guest workers. He made the statement on national television on May 16.

Silverman was being interviewed on "Fox & Friends." Responding to the Bush administration's call to know "who is in our country and why they are here"...

Silverman interview transcript
(related to the previous link)

City-Snoop Program Returns?
by Noah Shachtman
@DefenseTech, March 18, 2005
About CTS, or the "Combat Zones That See" program

Military Expands Intelligence Role in U.S.
bt Eric Lichtblau and Mark Mazzetti
New York Times, January 14 2007
“There’s a strong tradition of not using our military for domestic law enforcement,” said Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, a former general counsel at both the National Security Agency and the C.I.A. who is the dean at the McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific. “They’re moving into territory where historically they have not been authorized or presumed to be operating.”

Total Information Awareness Program

(& it's reincarnation under the name Tangram)

Total Information Awareness, Total Authority
by Andrew Colwell
F News, February 2003
So, what the DoD is — or rather — already has been developing prior to 9/ a series of programs collectively called Total Information Awareness System (TIA), designed to do a variety of tasks that threaten every citizens’ privacy. ... "The Total Information Awareness program, with its ability to provide persistent storage of everything from credit card, to employment, to medical, to ISP records, is a recipe for civil liberties disaster.

TIA Lives On
by Shane Harris
National Journal, February 23, 2006
Research under the Defense Department's Total Information Awareness program -- which developed technologies to predict terrorist attacks by mining government databases and the personal records of people in the United States -- was moved from the Pentagon's research-and-development agency to another group, which builds technologies primarily for the National Security Agency, according to documents obtained by National Journal and to intelligence sources familiar with the move. The names of key projects were changed, apparently to conceal their identities, but their funding remained intact, often under the same contracts.

Total Information Awareness Lives On Inside the National Security Agency, February 27th, 2006
More than two years ago Congress halted plans for a controversial plan called Total Information Awareness to create the world's largest surveillance database to track your phone calls, purchases, Internet usage, reading material, banking transactions. The National Journal has now revealed the program has quietly continued inside the NSA.

"TIA" Reboots, February 9, 2006
We all knew that Total Information Awareness and its uber-database progeny weren't going away. It was just a question of what names TIA's bastard children were now using, and what government agencies had decided to give 'em a home.

Total Information Lives Again
by Shaun Waterman
United Press International @, Oct 26 2006
The new U.S. intelligence czar is developing a computer system capable of data-mining huge amounts of information about everyday events to discern patterns that look like terrorist planning. The technology is reminiscent of the axed Total Information Awareness program. Civil liberties and privacy advocates criticized the effort, called Tangram, which is being developed by contractors working for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Tangram: Son of Total Information Awareness
by Kurt Nimmo
Another Day In the Empire @, November 2, 2006
Of course, cutting edge snoop technology and programs are never closed down and TIA lived on, thanks to the NSA under the classified annex to the 2004 DOD Appropriations Act. It now appears TIA finally surfaced in Negroponte’s office and is called Tangram. It is “a computer system capable of data-mining huge amounts of information about everyday events to discern patterns that look like terrorist planning,” although “officials have said it is being tested without using any data about Americans.”
Naturally, the truth is the exact opposite—the system is designed specifically to data-mine “huge amounts of information about everyday events to discern patterns that look like terrorist planning,” that is to say planning, or for that matter even discussion, by people opposed to the unitary decidership of Bush and the neocons.


Total Information Awareness Program
System Description Document
2002 pdf file

System Description Document
Posts and Threads

Why The Name-lasthorseman
QUOTE (zapzarap @ Lasthorseman)
What you are just presenting is the proof, that (as I always say) Orwell is dwarfed by reality
pretty amazing thread chock full of (pretty frightening) information

Deletions In Army Manual
Raise Wiretapping Concerns
Thread with link to the article by painter
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