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RedEarth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-24-06 11:17 AM
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Defense Department's Data Mining STOPPED IN NAME ONLY ..SPYING CONTINUES
Edited on Fri Feb-24-06 11:26 AM by RedEarth
A controversial counter-terrorism program, which lawmakers halted more than two years ago amid outcries from privacy advocates, was stopped in name only and has quietly continued within the intelligence agency now fending off charges that it has violated the privacy of U.S. citizens.


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.

It is no secret that some parts of TIA lived on behind the veil of the classified intelligence budget. However, the projects that moved, their new code names, and the agencies that took them over haven't previously been disclosed. Sources aware of the transfers declined to speak on the record for this story because, they said, the identities of the specific programs are classified.

Two of the most important components of the TIA program were moved to the Advanced Research and Development Activity, housed at NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Md., documents and sources confirm. One piece was the Information Awareness Prototype System, the core architecture that tied together numerous information extraction, analysis, and dissemination tools developed under TIA. The prototype system included privacy-protection technologies that may have been discontinued or scaled back following the move to ARDA.

A $19 million contract to build the prototype system was awarded in late 2002 to Hicks & Associates, a consulting firm in Arlington, Va., that is run by former Defense and military officials. Congress's decision to pull TIA's funding in late 2003 "caused a significant amount of uncertainty for all of us about the future of our work," Hicks executive Brian Sharkey wrote in an e-mail to subcontractors at the time. "Fortunately," Sharkey continued, "a new sponsor has come forward that will enable us to continue much of our previous work." Sources confirm that this new sponsor was ARDA. Along with the new sponsor came a new name. "We will be describing this new effort as 'Basketball,' " Sharkey wrote, apparently giving no explanation of the name's significance. Another e-mail from a Hicks employee, Marc Swedenburg, reminded the company's staff that "TIA has been terminated and should be referenced in that fashion."

http://nationaljournal.com/about/njweekly/stories/2006/...
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EVDebs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-24-06 11:32 AM
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1. TIA was also incorporated in the Bahama's with Global Information Group
Ltd., run by 'former' intell asset Ben H. Bell, IIIrd.

Also, EPIC has a list of the TIA subcontractors on their weblink
http://www.epic.org/privacy/profiling/tia/contractors_t...

not to mention the ablility to access by phoneline ChoicePoint databases, medical/financial records worldwide...

These so-called secure databases have already been hacked...

""Alan Paller, director of research at the Bethesda, Md.-based SANS Institute, said the California law is probably necessary because of the kinds of crime that are occurring. A group in Russia and Ukraine has been acquiring customer data, extorting money to prevent its release and then selling it anyway. Paller believes some companies are paying off the extortionists in an attempt to contain the damage.""

from California leads way on ID theft legislation
http://www.computerworld.com/securitytopics/security/pr...

and with RFIDs along with 'background checks', the REX84 'suspension of the Constitution' program os silencing dissenters of all stripes is virtually assured

Total Surveillance
http://www.motherjones.com/interview/2005/12/albrecht.h ...

Couple this insidious technology with purposely erroneous background checks

Who is checking the background checkers?
http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/1128/p13s02-wmgn.html

They've offshored, outsourced, and privatized TIA. Now all they have to do is fire you for being 'of the wrong political party' and put false information in your background data...and voila ! You've just created the most insidious terror project in the US ever. They can track YOU with RFIDs but can't seem to find that OBL character. I wonder why.

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