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Posted on 11/25/2002 12:57:08 PM PST by winner45

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The Total Information Awareness project is part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Information Awareness Office. The office is headed by Admiral (retired) John Poindexter who is responsible for conceiving the project. TIA purports to capture the "information signature" of people so that the government can track potential terrorists and criminals involved in "low-intensity/low-density" forms of warfare and crime. The goal is to track individuals through collecting as much information about them as possible and using computer algorithms and human analysis to detect potential activity.

The project calls for the development of "revolutionary technology for ultra-large all-source information repositories," which would contain information from multiple sources to create a "virtual, centralized, grand database." This database would be populated by transaction data contained in current databases such as financial records, medical records, communication records, and travel records as well as new sources of information. Also fed into the database would be intelligence data.

A key component of the TIA project is to develop data-mining or knowledge discovery tools that will sort through the massive amounts of information to find patterns and associations. TIA will also develop search tools such as Project Genoa, which Admiral Poindexter's former employer Syntek Technologies, assisted in developing. TIA aims to fund the development of more such tools and data-mining technology to help analysts understand and even "preempt" future action.

A further crucial component is the development of biometric technology to enable the identification and tracking of individuals. DARPA has already funded its "Human ID at a Distance" program, which aims to positively identify people from a distance through technologies such as face recognition or gait recognition. A nationwide identification system would be of great assistance to such a project by providing an easy means to track individuals across multiple information sources.

DARPA's Broad Agency Announcement 02-08 soliciting proposals from industry states that the initial plan is for a five year research project into these various technologies. The interim goal is to build "leave-behind prototypes with a limited number of proof-of-concept demonstrations in extremely high risk, high payoff areas." The FBI and the Transportation Security Administration are also working on data-mining projects that will fuse commercial databases, public databases, and intelligence data and had meetings with TIA developers.

DARPA FY03 budget. For TIA budget details see sections on PE 0602301E, Project ST-28 and PE 0603760E, Project CCC-01, and PE 0602301E, Project ST-11.

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1 posted on 11/25/2002 12:57:08 PM PST by winner45
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To: winner45
Grassley wrote "I am at a loss to understand why DoD resources are being spent on research for domestic law enforcement."

Hey Grassley!
I am at a loss to understand how DoD could get $245 million without your knowing about it.

Did Arthur Andersen take over the Congress and GAO?
2 posted on 11/25/2002 1:02:28 PM PST by APBaer
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To: winner45
Glad to see Epic correcting some information here:

Rep. Armey: Homeland Security Bill Does not Authorize TIA. Communications Daily reports that Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX) said that the Homeland Security Bill "…does not authorize, fund or move into the department anything like it (Total Information Awareness)." He further stated that the use of data mining tools in the bill are "…intended solely to authorize the use of advanced techniques to sift through existing intelligence data, not to open a new method of intruding lawful, everyday transactions of American citizens." (Nov. 25)

Emphasis mine. This is a potentially a good use for this agency.

Contrary to a statement of a Defense Department spokesperson that the TIA budget is $10 million, DARPA documents show that it is $245 million for fiscal years 2001-2003.

Yeah, $10 million is diddly for that kind of a project. But I have a suggestion. Spend that $10 million to send 50,000 investigators to a basic class on how to write SQL queries - because a simple one would have identified the DC snipers' Caprice as a lead in their database. A lot of this stuff isn't rocket science.

3 posted on 11/25/2002 1:05:08 PM PST by dirtboy
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To: winner45
Who needs a God when your Gov't is omniscient and omnipotent?
4 posted on 11/25/2002 2:04:06 PM PST by PaxMacian
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To: PaxMacian
and unknowable? as in a mystery.
5 posted on 11/25/2002 2:05:12 PM PST by PaxMacian
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