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  • NBC reporter raises Hillary Clinton questions

    12/31/2012 8:30:49 AM PST · by Zakeet · 95 replies
    Politico ^ | December 31, 2012 | Kevin Robillard
    The top science reporter for NBC News raised questions Monday about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s hospitalization, raising the possibility the blood clot causing isn’t linked to an earlier concussion. “It’s not exactly clear what is happening with Secretary Clinton’s health,” NBC News chief science and health correspondent Robert Bazell said “All we have is a statement from her office. The hospital isn’t saying anything and the statement from her [office] says that she had this blood clot that stemmed from the concussion and she’s being treated with blood-thinning drugs,” Bazell continued. “The problem is that usually when blood clots...
  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton admitted to hospital with blood clot following concussion

    12/30/2012 5:04:06 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 331 replies
    AP ^ | Sunday, December 30, 2012
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton admitted to hospital with blood clot following concussion.
  • Homeland Security moves forward with 'pre-crime' detection (Big Government™ is watching you)

    10/07/2011 8:18:33 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 80 replies
    CNET ^ | 2011-10-07 | Declan McCullagh
    An internal U.S. Department of Homeland Security document indicates that a controversial program designed to predict whether a person will commit a crime is already being tested on some members of the public voluntarily, CNET has learned. If this sounds a bit like the Tom Cruise movie called "Minority Report," or the CBS drama "Person of Interest," it is. But where "Minority Report" author Philip K. Dick enlisted psychics to predict crimes, DHS is betting on algorithms: it's building a "prototype screening facility" that it hopes will use factors such as ethnicity, gender, breathing, and heart rate to "detect cues...
  • Using Magnets to Help Prevent Heart Attacks: Magnetic Field Can Reduce Blood Viscosity...

    06/08/2011 10:27:16 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 33 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 06-07-2011 | Staff + Temple University
    If a person's blood becomes too thick it can damage blood vessels and increase the risk of heart attacks. But a Temple University physicist has discovered that he can thin the human blood by subjecting it to a magnetic field. [snip] Because red blood cells contain iron, Tao has been able to reduce a person's blood viscosity by 20-30 percent by subjecting it to a magnetic field of 1.3 Telsa (about the same as an MRI) for about one minute. Tao and his collaborator tested numerous blood samples in a Temple lab and found that the magnetic field polarizes the...
  • Tampa:Muslim Student Tries to Get on Plane With 7" Butcher Knife

    06/17/2009 6:51:52 AM PDT · by Islaminaction · 27 replies · 2,296+ views
    Islam in Action ^ | June 17Th, 2009 | Bill Warner
    Saudi Arabian Muslim Student Raed Al-Saif at Univ. of Tampa Tries To Get On Plane With 7 inch Butcher Knife in His Carry On Bag, the last name "Al-Saif" is linked to Al-Qaeda. Fifteen of the nineteen on 9/11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia they used box cutters and small knives to take over control of the 4 airplanes on 9/11. The United States government determined that al-Qaeda, headed by Osama bin Laden, bore responsibility for the attacks, with the FBI stating "evidence linking al-Qaeda and bin Laden to the attacks of September 11 is clear and irrefutable". The Government...
  • Is Bob Barr A Good Alternative?

    05/21/2008 10:01:44 AM PDT · by mukraker · 105 replies · 247+ views
    mukraker
    I'd like to ask my fellow FReepers what you think about the Presidential candidacy of Bob Barr? Given our current choices for President, Obama, Clinton & McCain, is Bob Barr a good alternative this year? I know no one will agree 100% with any candidate's positions. But, instead of not voting, would a vote for Bob Barr be an alternative you would consider? As a disappointed Republican, I'm considering going Libertarian this year. I like most of their positins, especially on safeguarding Liberty for All. I'm tired of carrying Big Brother with me everywhere I go. I'd like to see...
  • Bob Barr, Civil Libertarian: The right wing of the ACLU (2003)

    05/03/2008 6:38:48 PM PDT · by Kurt Evans · 17 replies · 355+ views
    Reason Magazine (CA) ^ | December 2003 | Jesse Walker
    After entering the House of Representatives in 1995, Georgia Republican Bob Barr acquired a reputation as one of the most conservative members of Congress. It was Barr who in 1996 wrote the Defense of Marriage Act, which said states didn't have to recognize gay marriages performed in other states; it was Barr who protested when he learned the military allowed soldiers to practice Wicca. A former federal prosecutor, a firm social conservative, and a strong supporter of the War on Drugs, Barr doesn't fit most people's image of a civil libertarian. But in his eight years in Congress (he failed...
  • Tampa Bay,FL: TIA Passenger Had Box Cutter In Hollowed-Out Book

    02/21/2008 4:40:40 PM PST · by yankeedame · 7 replies · 228+ views
    Tampa Bay On-Line ^ | February 20, 2008 | Thomas W. Krause
    TIA Passenger Had Box Cutter In Hollowed-Out Book Photo provided by the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority. A security officer at Tampa International Airport found a box cutter hidden in a hollowed-out book on Sunday. By Thomas W. Krause of The Tampa Tribune Published: February 20, 2008 TAMPA - A 21-year-old Clearwater man was arrested at Tampa International Airport this weekend after security personnel found a box cutter in a hollowed-out book, authorities said. Benjamin Baines Jr. If convicted, Baines faces up to 10 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine for a federal charge of attempting to board...
  • Threat Matrix: February 2008

    02/01/2008 6:55:58 PM PST · by nwctwx · 1,614 replies · 19,265+ views
    Is the U.S. Failing in Afghanistan? It was malice in wonderland at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday as Bush Administration envoys insisted things are getting better in Afghanistan, while angry lawmakers from both parties cited facts and figures showing just the opposite. Even the senior Republican on the panel, Senator Richard Lugar, found the Administration's claims wanting. "I'm not sure that we have a plan for Afghanistan," he said. Long seen as the "forgotten war" eclipsed by Iraq in U.S. priorities, Afghanistan is in the Washington spotlight this week with the release of three independent reports concluding...
  • Boxcutter in Hollowed-Out Book at TIA

    02/20/2008 3:44:16 PM PST · by jdm · 53 replies · 381+ views
    Little Green Footballs ^ | Feb. 20, 2008 | Charles Johnson
    He forgot it was there: TIA Passenger Had Box Cutter In Hollowed-Out Book. TAMPA — A 21-year-old Clearwater man was arrested at Tampa International Airport this weekend after security personnel found a box cutter in a hollowed-out book, authorities said. About 7:30 a.m. Sunday, airport security ran Benjamin Baines Jr.’s backpack through an X-ray machine and saw the image of a box cutter, according to a report from the Transportation Security Administration. When searching the backpack, a security officer found a book titled “Fear Itself.” The book was hollowed out, and the box cutter was inside. After Baines was read...
  • Homeland Security revives supersnoop

    03/08/2007 6:39:04 PM PST · by Anti-Bubba182 · 28 replies · 679+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 8, 2007 | Audrey Hudson
    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. A Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigation of the project called ADVISE -- Analysis, Dissemination, Visualization, Insight and Semantic Enhancement -- was requested by Rep. David R. Obey, Wisconsin Democrat and chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. The investigation focuses...
  • Total Information Awareness

    03/08/2007 4:49:14 AM PST · by Golden Press · 15 replies · 437+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 8, 2007 | Audrey Hudson
    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.
  • <strike>Total</strike> "Terrorism" Information Awareness (TIA)

    05/14/2006 5:50:59 AM PDT · by NMC EXP · 5 replies · 274+ views
    Latest News --EPIC Urges Scrutiny of Proposed Federal Profiling Agency. In a letter (pdf) to a House subcommittee, EPIC urged careful scrutiny of the Department of Homeland Security's proposed Office of Screening Coordination and Operations. This office would oversee vast databases of digital fingerprints and photographs, eye scans and personal information from millions of American citizens and lawful foreign visitors. Homeland Security has announced that the office's operations would be conducted in a manner that safeguards civil liberties, but the agency has not yet explained how it proposes to protect privacy rights or ensure accountability. For more information, visit EPIC's...
  • Stem cells vs. stroke

    04/12/2006 3:43:22 PM PDT · by Coleus · 1 replies · 172+ views
    Health 24.com ^ | 04.10.06
    Researchers say they've lessened the effects of stroke in rats by transplanting stem cells into the rodents' brains. The treatment also seemed to help rats fight a condition similar to human cerebral palsy.  There's no indication yet that the treatment will work in humans, and the lead researcher cautioned that the strategy is no "magic bullet." However, tests in people could begin as early as next year, said Cesario V. Borlongan, an associate professor of neurology at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. Will not be a total cure The treatment is "not something that will totally cure stroke...
  • Able Danger and total awareness

    09/25/2005 10:31:38 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 36 replies · 1,339+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 09-26-05 | Daniel Gallington
    What will Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Republican and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, discover as he looks into covert military intelligence program Able Danger, said to have discovered Mohamed Atta, by name, and his al Qaeda cell working in the U.S. before the attacks of September 11, 2001?
  • Jerrold Nadler's Two Faces on Terror

    06/13/2005 5:29:37 AM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies · 1,257+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | June 13, 2005 | Jacob Laksin
    Jerrold Nadler's Two Faces on Terror By Jacob LaksinFrontPageMagazine.com | June 13, 2005Last Friday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing on the Patriot Act had already been adjourned, but Jerrold Nadler, the Democratic blimpish congressman from New York and one of the leftmost members of the House Judiciary Committee, was too wound up to care: “We are not besmirching the honor of the United States, we are trying to uphold it,” bellowed the hefty Nadler. By this, Nadler meant to defend his attacks on the alleged abuses of the (in fact) privileged  prisoners in Guantanamo Bay. Thanks to the efforts of the...
  • FAQ: How Real ID will affect you

    05/06/2005 1:40:25 PM PDT · by af_vet_rr · 81 replies · 1,935+ views
    CNET/News.com ^ | 6 May 2005 | Declan McCullagh
    Starting three years from now, if you live or work in the United States, you'll need a federally approved ID card to travel on an airplane, open a bank account, collect Social Security payments, or take advantage of nearly any government service. Practically speaking, your driver's license likely will have to be reissued to meet federal standards. The Real ID Act hands the Department of Homeland Security the power to set these standards and determine whether state drivers' licenses and other ID cards pass muster. Only ID cards approved by Homeland Security can be accepted "for any official purpose" by...
  • Stroke Warning Signs Often Occur Hours Or Days Before Attack

    03/07/2005 7:37:13 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 56 replies · 5,887+ views
    News Wise ^ | March 7, 2005 | Medical News
    Warning signs of an ischemic stroke may be evident as early as seven days before an attack and require urgent treatment to prevent serious damage to the brain, according to a study of stroke patients. Warning signs of an ischemic stroke may be evident as early as seven days before an attack and require urgent treatment to prevent serious damage to the brain, according to a study of stroke patients published in the March 8, 2005 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Eighty percent of strokes are ischemic, caused by the narrowing of the...
  • ZOT! Bad News: Our President, George W. Bush, May Have Health Problems

    12/31/2004 8:21:37 PM PST · by Mr. Seek · 100 replies · 19,999+ views
    President George W. Bush apparently is using a LifeVest wearable defibrillator. This would mean he is at risk of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) or sudden cardiac death (SCD). The LiveVest is a wearable version of "the paddles" you have seen in emergency room scenes on TV. He started using it sometime after his January 2002 fainting spell, which was attributed to choking. Photos of Mr. Bush and the device seem to show that this is the mysterious bulge seen on his back in the debates. The first graphic is a back view showing the two large electrodes that are equivalent...
  • TIA now verifies flight of Saudis

    06/09/2004 10:38:46 AM PDT · by Ol' Dan Tucker · 76 replies · 1,624+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | 06-09-04 | JEAN HELLER
    TIA now verifies flight of Saudis The government has long denied that two days after the 9/11 attacks, the three were allowed to fly. By JEAN HELLER, Times Staff Writer Published June 9, 2004 The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks, better known as the 9/11 Commission, sent a list of questions to Tampa International Airport. It appears concerned with the handling of the Tampa flight. TAMPA - Two days after the Sept. 11 attacks, with most of the nation's air traffic still grounded, a small jet landed at Tampa International Airport, picked up three young Saudi men and left. The...
  • TIA now verifies flight of Saudis (June 9, 2004)

    07/11/2004 3:07:03 PM PDT · by Voteamerica · 72 replies · 1,898+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | June 9, 2004 | JEAN HELLER
    The government has long denied that two days after the 9/11 attacks, the three were allowed to fly. TAMPA - Two days after the Sept. 11 attacks, with most of the nation's air traffic still grounded, a small jet landed at Tampa International Airport, picked up three young Saudi men and left. The men, one of them thought to be a member of the Saudi royal family, were accompanied by a former FBI agent and a former Tampa police officer on the flight to Lexington, Ky. The Saudis then took another flight out of the country. The two ex-officers returned...
  • Seven Clicks Away (National Security)

    06/03/2004 5:12:34 AM PDT · by OESY · 9 replies · 158+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 3, 2004 | NEWTON N. MINOW
    <p>As the 9/11 Commission examines whether the tragedy of Sept. 11 could have been prevented, we should ask if seven clicks of a computer mouse might have alerted us to the danger.</p>
  • What We Don't Know CAN Hurt Us--BLOCKBUSTER MUST-READ

    04/05/2004 2:51:53 PM PDT · by redhugh · 29 replies · 439+ views
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2004 | Heather Mac Donald
    Immediately after 9/11, politicians and pundits slammed the Bush administration for failing to “connect the dots” foreshadowing the attack. What a difference a little amnesia makes. For two years now, left- and right-wing advocates have shot down nearly every proposal to use intelligence more effectively--to connect the dots--as an assault on “privacy.” Though their facts are often wrong and their arguments specious, they have come to dominate the national security debate virtually without challenge. The consequence has been devastating: just when the country should be unleashing its technological ingenuity to defend against future attacks, scientists stand irresolute, cowed into inaction.
  • The 'Privacy' Jihad: "Total Information Awareness" falls to total Luddite hysteria.

    03/31/2004 10:34:51 PM PST · by quidnunc · 20 replies · 551+ views
    The Wall Street Journal Opinion Journal ^ | April 1, 2004 | Heather Mac Donald
    The 9/11 Commission hearings have focused public attention again on the intelligence failures leading up to the September attacks. Yet since 9/11, virtually every proposal to use intelligence more effectively — to connect the dots — has been shot down by left- and right-wing libertarians as an assault on "privacy." The consequence has been devastating: Just when the country should be unleashing its technological ingenuity to defend against future attacks, scientists stand irresolute, cowed into inaction. The privacy advocates — who range from liberal groups focused on electronic privacy, such as the Electronic Privacy Information Center, to traditional conservative libertarians,...
  • U.S. Pressing for High-Tech Spy Tools (Total Information Awareness)

    02/22/2004 2:13:00 PM PST · by RickofEssex · 5 replies · 232+ views
    AP ^ | Feb 22 2004 | MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN
    U.S. Pressing for High-Tech Spy Tools (AP) Retired Adm. John Poindexter, senior vice-president of Syntek Technologies Inc., WASHINGTON (AP) - Despite an outcry over privacy implications, the government is pressing ahead with research to create powerful tools to mine millions of public and private records for information about terrorists. Congress eliminated a Pentagon office that had been developing this terrorist-tracking technology because of fears it might ensnare innocent Americans. Still, some projects from retired Adm. John Poindexter's Total Information Awareness effort were transferred to U.S. intelligence offices, congressional, federal and research officials told The Associated Press. In addition, Congress left...
  • Pentagon failed to study privacy issues in data-mining effort, IG says

    01/06/2004 10:15:51 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 2 replies · 130+ views
    Pentagon failed to study privacy issues in data-mining effort, IG says By William New, National Journal's Technology Daily A December report by the Defense Department's independent watchdog on the now-defunct Terrorism Information Awareness (TIA) data-mining project has begun the new year with a discussion of privacy issues. The report said the TIA technology once being developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) could have been valuable against terrorism but would have required specific steps to address privacy concerns. "A review of the TIA program ... showed that although the TIA technology could prove valuable in combating terrorism,...
  • Show us your money

    11/17/2003 8:12:59 AM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies · 232+ views
    Reason ^ | Nov 17, 2003 (long read) | John Berlau
    The USA PATRIOT Act lets the feds spy on your finances. But does it help catch terrorists? "This is really a bill which, if enacted into law, will be [a longer] step in the direction of stopping terrorism than any other we have had before this Congress in a long time," one of the bill’s sponsors declared. The legislation authorized broad surveillance of financial transactions, bypassing the Fourth Amendment’s normal protections against "unreasonable searches and seizures" by requiring businesses to collect and share information with the government. After the measure passed and was signed into law, the debate was far...
  • US warns airports of Al-Qaeda 'nitrocellulose' bombs

    10/14/2003 7:08:06 AM PDT · by Mark Felton · 34 replies · 343+ views
    Press Trust of India ^ | 10/14/03 | Press Trust of India
    The US Homeland Security has warned airports all over the world against suspicious stuffed items among luggage after US intelligence concluded that Al-Qaeda operatives are being trained to conceal 'nitrocellulose' bombs inside them, reports said on Tuesday. Intelligence officials have confiscated Al-Qaeda manuals and picked up several indications that the network is attempting to create a chemical called nitrocellulose to fashion explosive devices that could be smuggled aboard jetliners, The Washington Post quoted Homeland officials as saying. "We judge this type of threat to be real and continuing. We have received reports from several credible, independent sources that Al-Qaeda is...
  • Citizens strike back in intelligence war

    10/14/2003 6:05:17 AM PDT · by keyd · 3 replies · 133+ views
    NewScientist.com ^ | 13 October 03 | Celeste Biever
        Citizens strike back in intelligence war   09:20 13 October 03     With the recent demise of the Bush administration's controversial Terrorist Information Awareness (TIA) programme to monitor everyone in the US, citizens now have a chance to get their own back. A website to be launched later in 2003 will allow people to post information about the activities of government organisations, officials and the judiciary. The two MIT researchers behind the project face one serious problem: how to protect themselves against legal action should any of the postings prove false. The answer, they say, is to borrow a...
  • Citizens strike back in intelligence war

    10/13/2003 6:25:35 AM PDT · by Mark Felton · 10 replies · 133+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 10/13/03 | Celeste Biever
    With the recent demise of the Bush administration's controversial Terrorist Information Awareness (TIA) programme to monitor everyone in the US, citizens now have a chance to get their own back. A website to be launched later in 2003 will allow people to post information about the activities of government organisations, officials and the judiciary. The two MIT researchers behind the project face one serious problem: how to protect themselves against legal action should any of the postings prove false. The answer, they say, is to borrow a technique from the underground music-swapping community. Instead of storing the data in one...
  • MIT Project Undertakes Intelligence War Abandoned By the Govt To Monitor Everyone In the US

    10/09/2003 7:30:26 AM PDT · by the_greatest_country_ever · 14 replies · 225+ views
    New Scientist | October 9,2003
    MIT Project Undertakes Intelligence War Abandoned By the Govt To Monitor Everyone In the US Citizens Strike Back in Intelligence War Citizens Strike Back in Intelligence War With the recent demise of the Bush administration's controversial Terrorist Information Awareness (TIA) programme to monitor everyone in the US, citizens now have a chance to get their own back. A website to be launched later in 2003 will allow people to post information about the activities of government organisations, officials and the judiciary. The two MIT researchers behind the project face one serious problem: how to protect themselves against legal action...
  • Caught in the Matrix? States' data project ignites privacy fears [Son of TIA based in Florida]

    09/29/2003 1:05:06 PM PDT · by Constitutionalist Conservative · 6 replies · 380+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 09/24/2003 | Jim Krane
    Caught in the Matrix?States' data project ignites privacy fearsBy JIM KRANE Associated Press NEW YORK -- While privacy worries are frustrating the Pentagon's plans for a far-reaching database to combat terrorism, a similar project is quietly taking shape with the participation of more than a dozen states -- and $12 million in federal funds.The database project, created so states and local authorities can track would-be terrorists as well as criminal fugitives, is being built and housed in the offices of a private company but will be open to some federal law enforcers and perhaps even U.S. intelligence agencies.Dubbed Matrix, the...
  • Congress kills data-mining computer program

    09/25/2003 11:47:30 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 8 replies · 227+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, September 26, 2003 | Audrey Hudson
    <p>Congress has pulled the plug on a data-mining computer program criticized by privacy advocates as a supersnoop system to spy on American citizens and is closing the Pentagon office that created it.</p> <p>"The outcome is we are not going to have Americans picked up by their ankles and turned upside down then shaken to see if anything funny falls out," said Sen. Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat and leading opponent of the office's activities.</p>
  • Panel to Close Pentagon Terror-Spy Office

    09/25/2003 9:42:58 AM PDT · by Pan_Yans Wife · 8 replies · 262+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | September 24, 2003 | MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN
    House and Senate negotiators have decided to close a Pentagon office that was developing a vast computerized terrorism surveillance system and bar spending that would allow those high-tech spying tools to be used against Americans on U.S. soil. But they left open the possibility that some or all of the high-powered software tools under development might be employed by different government offices to gather foreign intelligence from foreigners, U.S. citizens aboard or foreigners in this country. The controversial Terrorism Information Awareness program was conceived by retired Adm. John Poindexter and was run by the Information Awareness Office that he headed...
  • Acxiom’s stake in terror war under fire [Says Wesley Clark not involved in JetBlue scandal]

    09/24/2003 10:08:54 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 15 replies · 415+ views
    Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ^ | September 24, 2003 | JAKE BLEED
    Little Rock’s Acxiom Corp. has spent most of the two years since the attacks of Sept. 11 looking for government contracts to help fight the war on terror. It has found the contracts. Now it has a fight on its hands. The data-management company is involved in a growing dispute over the release of information on millions of airline passengers to a Defense Department contractor last year. Acxiom sold that contractor demographic data on roughly 2 million airline passengers — about 40 percent of those involved — as part of its role in the war on terror. As a...
  • States build terror database that resembles controversial federal project

    09/23/2003 10:45:15 AM PDT · by Brian S · 60 replies · 273+ views
    <p>While privacy worries are frustrating the Pentagon's plans for a far-reaching database to combat terrorism, a similar project is quietly taking shape with the participation of more than a dozen states -- and $12 million in federal funds.</p> <p>The database project, created so states and local authorities can track would-be terrorists as well as criminal fugitives, is being built and housed in the offices of a private company but will be open to some federal law enforcers and perhaps even U.S. intelligence agencies.</p>
  • Passengers sue JetBlue Airways for passing on personal information

    09/23/2003 3:20:25 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 8 replies · 296+ views
    Associated Press | September 22, 2003
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A group of passengers has sued JetBlue Airways Corp. for passing their personal information to a Defense Department contractor. The suit, filed Monday, follows JetBlue's acknowledgment last week that, in violation of its own privacy policy, it had given information from about 5 million passenger records to Torch Concepts of Huntsville, Ala. Torch produced a study, "Homeland Security: Airline Passenger Risk Assessment," that was purported to help the government improve military base security. The class-action lawsuit, filed in Utah's 3rd District Court, alleges fraudulent misrepresentation, breach of contract and invasion of privacy. Also on...
  • EPIC Files Complaint with Federal Trade Commission about JetBlue and Acxiom [Wesley Clark]

    09/22/2003 7:35:44 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 16 replies · 355+ views
    epic.org ^ | September 22, 2003 | Electronic Privacy Information Center
    Before the Federal Trade Commission Washington, DC In the Matter of JetBlue Airways Corporation and Acxiom Corporation.Complaint and Request for Injunction, Investigation and for Other Relief INTRODUCTION1. This complaint concerns the privacy practices of JetBlue Airways Corporation and Acxiom Corporation. As set forth in detail below, JetBlue Airways Corporation and Acxiom Corporation have engaged in deceptive trade practices affecting commerce by disclosing consumer personal information to Torch Concepts Inc., an information mining company with its principal place of business in Huntsville, Alabama, in violation of 15 U.S.C. § 45(a)(1). JetBlue Airways Corporation and Acxiom Corporation engaged in these activities...
  • Wesley Clark Keeps Acxiom, Other Board Memberships: Reports

    09/22/2003 12:27:11 PM PDT · by Shermy · 32 replies · 3,271+ views
    Direct Marketing Business Intelligence ^ | September 18, 2003 | Richard Levey
    Wesley Clark, the former Army General who announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination on Sept. 17, has not given up his board memberships, according to published accounts. Since retiring from the military in 2000, Clark has held a variety of industrial positions, including jobs with a Washington, DC-based technology firm, an investment company, and director or advisor positions with six other organizations. In most cases he was brought on board to assist with military or government contracts. One such company is Acxiom Corp., the Little Rock, AR-based data firm. Clark joined Acxiom in December 2001, and played a...
  • JetBlue Gave Defense Firm Files on Passengers

    09/19/2003 11:32:21 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 5 replies · 323+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 19, 2003 | PHILIP SHENON
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 — JetBlue Airways acknowledged publicly today that it had provided a Pentagon contractor with information on more than one million of its passengers as part of a program to track down terrorists and other "high risk" passengers. That data, which was turned over in violation of the airline's own privacy policies, was then used to identify the passengers' Social Security numbers, financial histories and occupations. JetBlue, a three-year-old discount airline, sent an e-mail message to passengers this week, conceding that it had made a mistake in providing the records last year to Torch Concepts, an Army...
  • US: JetBlue Shared Passenger Data

    09/18/2003 9:37:54 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 365+ views
    Wired.com ^ | September 18, 2003 | Ryan Singel
    <p>JetBlue Airways confirmed on Thursday that in September 2002, it provided 5 million passenger itineraries to a defense contractor for proof-of-concept testing of a Pentagon project unrelated to airline security -- with help from the Transportation Security Administration.</p> <p>The contractor, Torch Concepts, then augmented that data with Social Security numbers and other sensitive personal information, including income level, to develop what looks to be a study of whether passenger-profiling systems such as CAPPS II are feasible.</p>
  • Mend, don't end plan to gather terror data, think tank urges

    08/08/2003 3:41:54 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 6 replies · 216+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, August 8, 2003 | By Audrey Hudson
    <p>Congress should regulate terrorist-identifying technology being developed by the Pentagon's Terrorism Information Awareness program, rather than scrap the entire effort for fear of violating Americans' civil liberties, according to a paper published yesterday by the Heritage Foundation.</p> <p>The "discovery technology" has the potential to be a valuable tool in the war on terrorism, said the conservative think tank's policy paper.</p>
  • MSNBC: Admiral Poindexter to Resign

    07/31/2003 11:03:48 AM PDT · by Timesink · 129 replies · 1,056+ views
    MSNBC | July 31, 2003
    Admiral Poindexter, he of the TIA and the Terrorism Futures Market idea, has resigned, and Rummy has accepted. RATS + Mainstream Media = Politics of Personal Destruction.More details TK...
  • Warner says Pentagon threat-bet program to be canceled

    07/29/2003 8:42:29 AM PDT · by Brian S · 42 replies · 252+ views
    <p>The Pentagon will abandon a plan to establish a futures market to help predict terrorist strikes, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said Tuesday.</p> <p>Sen. John Warner, R-Va., said he spoke by phone with the program's director, "and we mutually agreed that this thing should be stopped."</p>
  • Senate Blocks Funding for Computer Dragnet

    07/17/2003 7:59:21 PM PDT · by Brian S · 4 replies · 247+ views
    Reuters ^ | 07-17-03
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted on Thursday to cut off funding for a widely criticized computer-surveillance program that would comb travel records, credit-card bills and other private records to sniff out suspected terrorists. In a military spending bill it passed unanimously, the Senate forbade the Defense Department to spend any portion of its $369 billion budget on the Terrorism Information Awareness program, brushing aside a request by the Bush administration to keep development efforts intact. "No funds appropriated or otherwise made available to the Department of Defense .... may be obligated or expended on research and development on...
  • Senate to Kill Pentagon Surveillance Bill

    07/15/2003 8:13:13 PM PDT · by Hal1950 · 18 replies · 168+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 15 July 2003 | MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN
    WASHINGTON - Without fanfare, senators debating defense spending for next year have proposed eliminating all money for the Pentagon's development of a vast computerized terrorism surveillance program that has raised privacy concerns. In the past, Congress has limited the Defense Department's ability to implement the system now known as Terrorism Information Awareness while allowing research to proceed, but the new provision goes further to ban funding outright.
  • Funding for TIA All But Dead (Congress pulls plug on 'Big Brother'?)

    07/14/2003 8:02:35 AM PDT · by Constitutionalist Conservative · 18 replies · 521+ views
    Wired News ^ | 07/14/2003 | Ryan Singel
    <p>The controversial Terrorism Information Awareness program, which would troll Americans' personal records to find terrorists before they strike, may soon face the same fate Congress meted out to John Ashcroft in his attempt to create a corps of volunteer domestic spies: death by legislation.</p>
  • LifeLog project seen as a privacy concern

    06/04/2003 9:41:19 AM PDT · by Constitutionalist Conservative · 11 replies · 205+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 06/03/2003 | Associated Press
    <p>Coming to you soon from the Pentagon: the diary to end all diaries -- a multimedia, digital record of everywhere you go and everything you see, hear, read, say and touch.</p> <p>Known as LifeLog, the project has been put out for contractor bids by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, the agency that helped build the Internet and that is now developing the next generation of anti-terrorism tools.</p>
  • A Diary That Never Sleeps

    06/03/2003 2:18:08 PM PDT · by demlosers · 6 replies · 210+ views
    cbs news ^ | June 3, 2003 | Michael J. Sniffen
    (AP) A Pentagon project to develop a digital "super diary" that records heartbeats, travel, Internet chats - everything a person does - also could provide private companies with powerful software to analyze behavior. That has privacy experts worried. Known as LifeLog, the project aims to capture and analyze a multimedia record of everywhere a subject goes and everything he or she sees, hears, reads, says and touches. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has solicited bids and hopes to award four 18-month contracts beginning this summer. DARPA's research has changed lives far beyond the U.S. military before; it...
  • Pentagon changes the name of its new anti-terror surveillance system

    05/20/2003 12:29:32 PM PDT · by Hal1950 · 7 replies · 220+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 20 May 2003 | MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon assured Congress that its planned anti-terror surveillance system will only analyze legally acquired information and changed the name of the project to help allay privacy concerns that prompted congressional restrictions.</p> <p>The Total Information Awareness program now under development by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, will henceforth be named the Terrorism Information Awareness program.</p>