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Department of Defense ^ | February 7, 2003

Posted on 02/08/2003 7:23:29 AM PST by Timesink

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  No. 060-03
IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 7, 2003


The Department of Defense will establish two boards to provide oversight of the Total Information Awareness Project, the program designed to develop tools to track terrorists. The two boards, an internal oversight board and an outside advisory committee, will work with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), as it continues its research. These boards will help ensure that TIA develops and disseminates its products to track terrorists in a manner consistent with U.S. constitutional law, U.S. statutory law, and American values related to privacy.

The TIA internal oversight board will oversee and monitor the manner in which terrorist tracking tools are transitioned for real world use. This board will establish policies and procedures for use within DoD of the TIA-developed tools and will establish protocols for transferring these capabilities to entities outside DoD. A primary focus of the board will be to ensure that the TIA-developed tools to track terrorists will be used only in accordance with existing privacy protection laws and policies. The board, which is expected to hold its first meeting by the end of February 2003, will be composed of senior DoD officials.

The outside advisory board will be convened as a federal advisory committee and will comply with all the legal and regulatory requirements for such bodies. The committee will advise the Secretary of Defense on the range of policy and legal issues that are raised by the development and potential application of advanced technology to help identify terrorists before they act.

Members of the outside advisory board are Newton Minow (chairman), director of the Annenberg Washington Program and the Annenberg Professor of Communications Law and Policy at Northwestern University; Floyd Abrams, renowned civil rights attorney; Zoe Baird, president Markle Foundation; Griffin Bell, former U.S. Attorney General and Court of Appeals judge; Gerhard Casper, president emeritus for Stanford University and Professor of Law; William T. Coleman, former chairman and CEO of BEA (world's leading application and infrastructure company) and now Chief Customer Advocate; and Lloyd Cutler, former White House Counsel.

DARPA is continuing its research into whether advanced technologies can be used to help identify terrorist planning activities. This technology development program was established under the name Total Information Awareness (TIA) and is designed to catch terrorists before they strike. Under the rubric of TIA, DARPA is attempting to develop three categories of tools - language translation, data search and pattern recognition, and advanced collaborative and decision support tools. The research conducted under TIA will provide the tools for obtaining information pertaining to activities of terrorists, and if connected together, this information could alert authorities before terrorists' plans are carried out. While the research to date is promising, TIA is still only a concept.

Development of these anti-terrorism tracking tools would allow the agencies to better execute their missions. TIA does not plan to create a gigantic database. Further, TIA has not ever collected or gathered and is not now collecting or gathering any intelligence information. This is and will continue to be the responsibility of the US foreign intelligence/counterintelligence agencies, which operate under various legal and policy restrictions with congressional oversight. This technology development program in no way alters the authority or responsibility of the intelligence community. Furthermore, TIA has never collected, and has no plan or intent to collect privately held consumer data on U.S. citizens. It is a research program designed to catch terrorists before they strike.

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: defensedepartment; dod; privacylist; tia

1 posted on 02/08/2003 7:23:29 AM PST by Timesink
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To: Timesink
The picture painted by DARPA and those within the Justice department etc. is so at odds with what is so often heard in the media and here on FR that I have very little idea what they are actually going to be doing.
2 posted on 02/08/2003 7:27:08 AM PST by Straight Vermonter (I don't believe in hyphenating Americans)
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To: *Privacy_list
3 posted on 02/08/2003 8:17:15 AM PST by Free the USA (Stooge for the Rich)
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To: Timesink

To borrow a famous quote from my special mentor(!) Bobby "KKK" Byrd,


4 posted on 02/08/2003 8:52:26 AM PST by upchuck (TSCG: Your hair is reminiscent of a digesting yak.)
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To: Straight Vermonter
I hacked into the DARPA database this morning and checked out the data for you....and I have a couple of questions and comments.

Why didn't you buy the buy the paper towels when you were at Walmart last Tuesday? Cheaper there than at that overpriced grocery store you stop at on the way home from work.

You spend WAY too much time on Free Republic. There are other internet sites, dontchaknow.

Nice checking acocunt balance! I'll come to you when I need a loan.

Oh, ...and I hope that fungus clears up right away! :)
5 posted on 02/08/2003 9:41:13 AM PST by Diverdogz (Scary....but this is what DARPA could lead to)
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To: Diverdogz
"Nice checking...**oops**!..."

Better start using a spelling checker. Don't want to get yourself banned.

6 posted on 02/08/2003 9:44:52 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ()
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
Upon reading your post, I had to reread mine three times before I saw that unfortunate typing error. Oops is right. Apparantly I'm dyslexic and fumble-fingered. (I guess it was a slit...errr...sliP of the fingers!)

7 posted on 02/08/2003 1:17:59 PM PST by Diverdogz (Check spelling....check spelling....check spelling.)
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To: Diverdogz
I had to reread mine three times before I saw that unfortunate typing error.

I guess my mind is in the gutter. I caught it right off.

I had to bring it to your attention. 'Twas too is...obvious to pass up.    =;^)

8 posted on 02/08/2003 3:04:37 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ()
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