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Pentagon Surveillance Plan Is Described as Less Invasive

A top Pentagon research official told Congress today that a program intended to forestall terrorism by tapping computer databases — but curbed by legislation this winter because of privacy fears — would not look into Americans’ financial or health records. Instead, the official said the program, the Total Information Awareness program, would rely mostly on information already held by the government, especially by law enforcement and intelligence agencies. The Pentagon official, Dr. Tony Tether, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, also known as Darpa, told a House Government Reform subcommittee that “we are not developing a system to profile the American public.” Dr. Tether offered a vision of the program that sounded much less threatening than the description given last year by John M. Poindexter, the retired admiral who is in charge of the project. Full Story

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