Re: ~e; Total Information Awareness
Tue, 8 Nov 1983 00:26:04 +0000
I think that the "fight against terrorism" is becoming an excuse for a
biger control of personal data, and then George Orwell "1984" can take
place in 2004. It's one of the main problems of the world where we are
living: there alaways have exist cientists, developers and so on
working with good intentions and always have exist persons missusing
that work with bad intentions...
Sorry 4 the bad english,
On Sábado, Novembro 9, 2002, at 04:58 PM, human being wrote:
> // one aspect of dismantling "the stovepipes" separating information
> // may be, as in a real building, connected to the real possibility of
> // asphyxiating whatever it is that is supposed to be protected. the
> // magical transformation of more and more information through a type
> // of alchemic engineering of knowledge is, need it be said, absurd.
> Pentagon Plans a Computer System That Would Peek at Personal Data of
> By JOHN MARKOFF
> http://www.nytimes.com/2002/11/09/politics/09COMP.html (full article)
> The Pentagon is constructing a computer system that could create a
> vast electronic dragnet, searching for personal information as part of
> the hunt for terrorists around the globe — including the United > States.
> As the director of the effort, Vice Adm. John M. Poindexter, has
> described the system in Pentagon documents and in speeches, it will
> provide intelligence analysts and law enforcement officials with
> instant access to information from Internet mail and calling records
> to credit card and banking transactions and travel documents, without
> a search warrant.
> "This could be the perfect storm for civil liberties in America," said
> Marc Rotenberg, director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center
> in Washington "The vehicle is the Homeland Security Act, the
> technology is Darpa and the agency is the F.B.I. The outcome is a
> system of national surveillance of the American public."
> The system would permit a team of intelligence analysts to gather and
> view information from databases, pursue links between individuals and
> groups, respond to automatic alerts, and share information
> efficiently, all from their individual computers.
> The system is one of a number of projects now under way inside the
> government to lash together both commercial and government data to
> hunt for patterns of terrorist activities.
> Admiral Poindexter,.. was convicted in 1990 for his role in the
> Iran-contra affair, had worked as a contractor on one of the projects
> he now controls. Admiral Poindexter's conviction was reversed in 1991
> by a federal appeals court because he had been granted immunity for
> his testimony before Congress about the case."
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