Now This Scares Me!

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by cst, Feb 13, 2003.

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  1. cst


    From CNN webpage:

    "Anti-terror program would comb personal information
    Wednesday, February 12, 2003 Posted: 7:20 PM EST (0020 GMT)

    (AP) -- Financed by more than $20 million in government contracts, researchers are taking the first steps toward developing a system that could sift through the financial, telephone, travel and medical records of millions of people in hopes of identifying terrorists before they strike.

    So far, the companies awarded contracts by the Defense Department are using only fabricated data in their work on the program, which is called Total Information Awareness.

    The Pentagon's technology chief, Pete Aldridge, has said the department is interested in tying together such privately held data as credit card records, bank transactions, car rental receipts and gun purchases, along with massive quantities of intelligence information already gathered by the federal government. "

    This is some scary shit and an assault to the personal liberties of everyone. In an age when what we do is becoming more and more electronic, the prospect of having all your personal info collated by the govt is bring Big Brother that much closer to reality.

    I know this is supposed to be for the greater good, but doesn't this make anyone else uneasy?

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