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Spy Plan Faces Critical Deadline

As college students across the country rush to finish their final papers, the Pentagon is preparing to turn in its final report on the Total Information Awareness project in hopes of getting a passing grade from Congress. More than a college transcript is at stake for the program, however. Its continued existence likely will turn on the report’s reception. The report, which is due Tuesday, must outline the project’s privacy implications and detail the scope of the system intended to catch terrorists by combing through Americans’ travel records and credit card purchases. In January, the Senate unanimously approved a spending bill amendment which ordered the Pentagon, the CIA and the Justice Department to report on the project to Congress. Failure to do so would cost the program its future funding. Full Story

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