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Patsy Stone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 10:08 PM
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107. Here's O'Harrow's WaPo article about Global Information Group
Edited on Sat Feb-25-06 11:06 PM by Patsy Stone
Lots and lots of info in here and mentions Choicepoint, TIA and Bell's connections to the good folks at LexisNexis. I looked through these threads (ok, not thoroughly) and I didn't see it posted. Hope it sheds some light.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A36853-20...

Bahamas Firm Screens Personal Data To Assess Risk
Operation Avoids U.S. Privacy Rules

By Robert O'Harrow Jr.
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, October 16, 2004; Page A01


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The system has cost almost $100 million. But it has not been turned on because it sparked protests from lawmakers and civil liberties
advocates, who said it intruded too deeply into the lives of ordinary Americans. The Bush administration put off testing until after the election.

Now the choreographer of that program, a former intelligence official named Ben H. Bell III, is taking his ideas to a private company offshore, where he and his colleagues plan to use some of the same concepts, technology and contractors to assess people for risk, outside the reach of U.S. regulators, according to documents and interviews.

Bell's new employer, the Bahamas-based Global Information Group Ltd., intends to amass large databases of international records and analyze them in the coming years for corporations, government agencies and other information services. One of the first customers is information giant LexisNexis Group, one of the main contractors on the government system that was known until recently as the second generation of the Computer Assisted Passenger Pre-screening Program, or CAPPS II. The program is now known as Secure Flight.

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Legal and privacy specialists said the company raises troubling new questions about the ability of computers -- in both the government and private sectors -- to collect and analyze personal information for homeland security. These critics said Global's initiative echoes the aims of the troubled government passenger-screening system, as well as another controversial program at the Defense Department that was shut down by Congress called Total Information Awareness.

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You know I've always suspected eventually they were going to put a chip in my head... :scared:
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