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FBI, Defense in talks about controversial surveillance technology

The Defense Department has been in contact with the FBI, the Justice Department and components of the Homeland Security Department about a controversial research project that critics say could violate individual privacy and civil rights. In response to questions from Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, Defense Inspector General Joe Schmitz reported that the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) has consulted with other agencies regarding its Total Information Awareness (TIA) project, a theoretical effort to look at how technology could be used to scour databases and the Internet for signs of terrorist plots. Schmitz also told Grassley that the FBI is working on a memorandum of understanding with DARPA “for possible experimentation with TIA technology in the future.” Full Story

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