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Military Says Computer Dragnet to Include Limits

A program being developed by the Defense Department to hunt potential terrorists through computer records will have safeguards to ensure it does not violate individual rights, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. Responding to concerns among rights groups, it said in a report to Congress that the Terrorism Information Awareness program would have built-in mechanisms to ensure that it did not intrude on Americans’ privacy and other rights. Plans for the program, which would comb private databases like travel and spending records, were begun after the Sept. 11 2001 attacks on the United States and as Washington sought ways to protect the country from further such attacks. Some civil rights groups and members of congress had expressed concern that it would open the way for the military to conduct unrestricted electronic surveillance of Americans. Full Story

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