The government’s “Total Information Awareness” project aims at protecting us from harm by burrowing deep into our lives. One lawmaker is rightfully suspicious. At the turn of the century just past, mining companies would use a brightly colored bird in the mine shaft to protect the lives of citizens. These canaries were more sensitive to the foul, noxious and deadly but invisible vapors that would otherwise threaten the lives of the mine shaft workers. When the canaries died, the miners would know an invisible threat existed. On January 16, 2002 Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) introduced the Data Mining Moratorium Act of 2003, legislation that would block implementation of a government program to collect and analyze massive quantities of information about ordinary citizens and non-citizens alike. Full Story
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