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Bush Data-Mining Plan in Hot Seat

Despite assurances by the Bush administration that the Total Information Awareness program would not violate Americans’ civil liberties, a broad coalition of grassroots organizations called Wednesday for greater oversight of the experimental data-mining program. The Pentagon is developing the TIA in an effort to scour the Internet, as well as public and private databases, for suspicious patterns that might indicate a potential terrorist threat. Critics say the system would be Big Brother incarnate, a tool that would pry into the medical, financial, travel and educational transactions of law-abiding citizens. Proponents say the electronic dragnet is necessary to protect the United States against future terrorist attacks. Full Story

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