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A main character here is John Poindexter, the retired Navy admiral who was behind the Total Information Awareness program, an effort - launched after Sept.
Likewise, he says, huge collections of information gleaned from private sources such as phone companies, banks, and credit bureaus (along the lines of America's renamed but not abandoned Total Information Awareness program) are unmanageable and rife with errors.
Through an integrated Total Information Awareness surveillance system, state agents can know almost everything about everyone at the tap of a keyboard: their movements, purchases, emails and phone calls - even their diet, income and house value.
The Pentagon's Total Information Awareness program, for example, sought to provide military personnel with real-time access to actionable battlefield information.
The Pentagon plan titled Total Information Awareness would have searched billions of private computer records for signs of terrorism but was killed by Congress.
Privacy concerns prompted Congress to shut down the Pentagon's $54 million Total Information Awareness (TIA) program last September, but according to a recent congressional report, government computers have not stopped combing private records.
As his story reached its climax, I happened to stumble across an article in my newspaper on the Defense Department's Total Information Awareness project (renamed Terrorism Information Awareness before being shut down by Congress)--a system of databases and information-mining technologies that allegedly would enable massive monitoring and tracking of individuals.
Asked at a news conference about Total Information Awareness, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld laughed and said, well then we'll change the name and do it anyway.