June 10, 2003

From Total to Terrorism

In typical government form the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) wants us to think that because they changed the name of this program they have changed its purpose:

Formerly known as Total Information Awareness, the newly renamed Terrorism Information Awareness (TIA) program is the brainchild of Adm. John Poindexter, known for his 1991 conviction (later overturned) for lying to Congress about his involvement in the Iran-Contra affair.

The old name, DARPA notes on its Web site, "created in some minds the impression that TIA was a system to be used for developing dossiers on U.S. citizens." Luckily for DARPA, with the new name, they get to keep their acronym. Unluckily for privacy advocates, they kept much more than the acronym.

You can read about the rest and maybe you should consider whether to use cash or credit on your next purchase.

Posted by Steve on June 10, 2003
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