Remember this?

In the Bush administration, and after 9/11, Admiral John Poindexter proposed a new level of surveillance inside the country. Deaf to the power of language apparently, he named the program Total Information Awareness. Most people recoiled. Press reports at the time said the program was not undertaken or it was begun but shut down or it was merged into other programs – press reports were garbled and ultimately not reliable. Wikipedia’s entry (link above) seems sound.

If the name of the program weren’t sufficiently frightening, the logo they developed is terrifying.

This morning, The Washington Post has released a very important study, compiled and reported over two years and in cooperation with Public Broadcasting’s Frontline program, of the size and state of the US Intelligence apparatus.

From the summary:

“After nine years of unprecedented spending and growth, the result is that the system put in place to keep the United States safe is so massive that its effectiveness is impossible to determine.”

They’ve created a separate and very interactive website is up and it includes a trailer for the Frontline documentary to be aired in October.

Top Secret America:– A Washington Post investigation –  A hidden world, growing beyond control

I think we are all obliged to read it. And then, I think we are all obliged to make noise. Although it may just be too late to undo what’s been done.

Let us hope it’s not too late to bring some troops home from the escalating war in Afghanistan. Today is the 284th day of our ninth year there.

8 responses to “Remember this?

  1. Hey Moe,
    Just wanted to let you know I’ve started a personal blog aside from the BackChannel, let me know if you’d like to do a link swap.


  2. Hey, the Total Information Awareness is working. I can’t reinstall my phone or TV service from vacation timeout unless I give my SS# and know my password. For phone and TV…passwords…after all it may be subversive!


  3. You know, Moe, I’m a hypocrite concerning this, and I’m not afraid to admit it. I’m okay with the Government exercising absolute and total power over us in matters of invading our privacy and infringing upon our freedom via excessive surveillance. I just don’t want the Republicans doing it. As long as it’s done by Leftists and our Socialist Prez, I’m cool with it. :p


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