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Posted on 03/08/2007 4:49:14 AM PST by Golden Press
Homeland Security officials are testing a supersnoop computer system that sifts through personal information on U.S. citizens to detect possible terrorist attacks, prompting concerns from lawmakers who have called for investigations. The system uses the same data-mining process that was developed by the Pentagon's Total Information Awareness (TIA) project that was banned by Congress in 2003 because of vast privacy violations.
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"And in doing so historically, we have always had the luxury of sitting safely here at home in America and sending our heroes abroad to fight for freedom.
"But today we face an insidious threat that comes right into our neighborhood. We live with it every day, this threat of terrorism. Our need, our anxiety about personal security is at a level that we've never seen before in America, and for the first time in America we call upon ourselves, each and every single one of us, to be a hero for freedom right here at home where I live, in my community.
"And so the courage of America is being called upon more than at any time in my lifetime. And what I fear I hear is an echo chamber of voices in America that are saying, ``Give us greater dominion over your personal liberties and we will make you secure.''
"Now, I can tell you, ladies and gentlemen, we'll be safe if we have a cop on every corner. We will be safe if we have a spy camera in every hall. We'll at least be safer. We will be safer if we have an elaborate system by which we, in the ordinary business of life, spy on one another and report it to the proper authorities. We will probably be safer if we have a national identification card. We may be safer, in fact, if we could snoop on the Internet and read everybody's e-mail.
"There are many authorities that we can extend to the government of this country that'll make us safer. But will we be free?
"We seek a balance on this. We worked hard on that with the PATRIOT Act. We worked hard on that with homeland security. And I think in terms of the law that has been written, we've cut a fine line that respects our freedom in the interest of our safety.
"But our freedom will only last through the implementation of these laws. And once again we are restored to that oldest adage: The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.
"We, the people, had better keep an eye on we, the people; that is, our government. Not out of contempt or lack of appreciation or disrespect, but out of a sense of guardianship. How do you use these tools we have given you to make us safe in such a manner that'll preserve our freedom?
"That is a duty to our very essence as a nation. Who we are, what is it about us that has set us apart in the history of the world is our love for freedom.
"As I said earlier, freedom is no policy for the timid. And my plaintive plea to all my colleagues that remain in this government as I leave it is, for your sake, for my sake, for heaven's sake, don't give up on freedom. "
-Dick Armey, 2002
From the article..
The ADVISE and TIA data-mining projects rely on personal data to track individual behavior and consumer transactions to develop computer algorithms that create a pattern that some behavioral scientists say can predict terrorist behavior.
Data can include credit-card purchases, telephone or Internet details, medical records, travel and banking information.
Privacy concerns prompted lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to introduce legislation in January to require that government agencies disclose data-mining practices in regular reports to Congress.
"A serious discussion on the implications of data-mining programs is long overdue," Sen. Russ Feingold, Wisconsin Democrat and a sponsor of the bill, said yesterday. Sen. John E. Sununu, New Hampshire Republican, is also a bill sponsor.
Drunk with power.
Land of the Used To Be Free news
For the paranoid.
The data mining that goes on at GE Capital, American Express, Visa and Mastercard is way, way beyond anything the government is doing or will do.
Using demographics and psychographics, if you use a credit card, they know everything there is to know about you and your behavior.
Of course my relationship with GE Capital, American Express, Visa and Mastercard is completely voluntary. My relationship with the government is not. GE Capital, American Express, Visa and Mastercard do not have tens of thousands of agents in black ski masks armed with MP5 submachine guns to be used to enforce thier will. The various levels of government do. GE Capital, American Express, Visa and Mastercard cannot regulate my behavior nor can they jail me, confiscate my property, tax me, prohibit certain behaviors or compel others. Government seems to do little else.
Not that I want GE Capital, American Express, Visa and Mastercard to have a complete dosier on me either, mind you, but I think this information in the hands of government is much more dangerous.
May your chains set lightly upon you...
Why, in your paranoia, do you Hate America???
This is for the Children...
and will help us win the War on Terror ....
If you have done nothing wrong, you have nothing to worry about...
So sir, I ask you again why do you HATE America?
No American should trust government this much.
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