No Big Brother as Senate Votes to Deny Funding To Computer Surveillance Effort

DealMonkey

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WashingtonPost.com Article

A Senate vote to cut off funding is the latest setback for a controversial computer surveillance program the Pentagon wants, to enable authorities to search vast networks of personal records to look for possible terrorist activity.

The vote late Thursday to deny any funds being spent on what is now called the Terrorism Information Awareness program was part of a $369 billion military spending bill that passed unanimously. The Bush administration, which requested $54 million for the program over three years, had urged the Senate to remove the provision cutting off funding, saying in a statement Monday, "This provision would deny an important tool in the war on terrorism."

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The $54 million initiative seeks to develop a database of public and private records that could be combed for patterns that may reveal terrorist activity. Authorities could search credit card bills and airline records, as well as health, education and other personal information, the Pentagon told Congress in May. Other elements of the proposed program included developing long-distance surveillance technology that could identify people by their gaits, or, from closer in, by the irises of their eyes.

The research project, originally known as the Total Information Awareness initiative, began in 2002 under the direction of former national security adviser John M. Poindexter. Fearing the Orwellian overtones of the office logo -- an all-seeing eye with the slogan "knowledge is power" in Latin -- bipartisan support grew in Congress and among privacy coalitions for checking the program's development.

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Originally posted by: DealMonkey
WashingtonPost.com Article

A Senate vote to cut off funding is the latest setback for a controversial computer surveillance program the Pentagon wants, to enable authorities to search vast networks of personal records to look for possible terrorist activity.

The vote late Thursday to deny any funds being spent on what is now called the Terrorism Information Awareness program was part of a $369 billion military spending bill that passed unanimously. The Bush administration, which requested $54 million for the program over three years, had urged the Senate to remove the provision cutting off funding, saying in a statement Monday, "This provision would deny an important tool in the war on terrorism."

...

The $54 million initiative seeks to develop a database of public and private records that could be combed for patterns that may reveal terrorist activity. Authorities could search credit card bills and airline records, as well as health, education and other personal information, the Pentagon told Congress in May. Other elements of the proposed program included developing long-distance surveillance technology that could identify people by their gaits, or, from closer in, by the irises of their eyes.

The research project, originally known as the Total Information Awareness initiative, began in 2002 under the direction of former national security adviser John M. Poindexter. Fearing the Orwellian overtones of the office logo -- an all-seeing eye with the slogan "knowledge is power" in Latin -- bipartisan support grew in Congress and among privacy coalitions for checking the program's development.

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Good for the Senate. An example of things going right in government.

 

sandorski

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Will it stop it though or will the military start buying a lot of $10,000 toilet seats?
 

CADsortaGUY

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Originally posted by: WinstonSmith
Originally posted by: DealMonkey
WashingtonPost.com Article

A Senate vote to cut off funding is the latest setback for a controversial computer surveillance program the Pentagon wants, to enable authorities to search vast networks of personal records to look for possible terrorist activity.

The vote late Thursday to deny any funds being spent on what is now called the Terrorism Information Awareness program was part of a $369 billion military spending bill that passed unanimously. The Bush administration, which requested $54 million for the program over three years, had urged the Senate to remove the provision cutting off funding, saying in a statement Monday, "This provision would deny an important tool in the war on terrorism."

...

The $54 million initiative seeks to develop a database of public and private records that could be combed for patterns that may reveal terrorist activity. Authorities could search credit card bills and airline records, as well as health, education and other personal information, the Pentagon told Congress in May. Other elements of the proposed program included developing long-distance surveillance technology that could identify people by their gaits, or, from closer in, by the irises of their eyes.

The research project, originally known as the Total Information Awareness initiative, began in 2002 under the direction of former national security adviser John M. Poindexter. Fearing the Orwellian overtones of the office logo -- an all-seeing eye with the slogan "knowledge is power" in Latin -- bipartisan support grew in Congress and among privacy coalitions for checking the program's development.

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Good for the Senate. An example of things going right in government.
I agree.

CkG
 

ProviaFan

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Originally posted by: sandorski
Will it stop it though or will the military start buying a lot of $10,000 toilet seats?
Nah, they need to buy the $10 screws to install them first. ;)
Originally posted by: CADkindaGUY
Originally posted by: WinstonSmith
Good for the Senate. An example of things going right in government.
I agree.

CkG
Agreed.
 

conehead433

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Why do they need this anyway. With the Patriot Act they can conduct searches without warrants, bug your home, your phone, computer, or whatever else they feel like doing. Sort of repealed the 4th amendment.
 

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