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Friday, January 24, 2003

TOTALITARIAN INFORMATION AWARENESS
Have you heard of the Total Information Awareness (TIA) system? It's a proposal from the Pentagon that seeks to create a gigantic national database on just about every person living in the ol' U.S of A. All in the name of fighting terrorism on these shores--because, after all, we are living in wartime conditions.

"Wartime conditions" has taken the place of the Cold War-era euphanism "national security". And wouldn't you know, the man at the top of this little surveillance scheme is John Poindexter. He's probably the second-best known spook to be exposed in the Iran-Contra affair (after that true-blue American, Ollie North).

That this abomination is being proposed sickens me. And just because there's some semblance of Congressional opposition rearing it's head, I have little doubt that TIA will come into being in some form.

Y'know, EU citizenship is starting to look better and better every day.