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Senator questions Pentagon data mining

A key U.S. senator expressed renewed concern about the Pentagon’s data-mining project and asked the Defense Department to give more detail about how the system will collect information on Americans. Sen. Ron Wyden, the Oregon Democrat who wrote legislation requiring a report on the Total Information Awareness project, asked on Tuesday for the Pentagon to respond to 11 pointed questions about the project’s scope, its implications for privacy and civil liberties, and which private-sector and government databases would be linked into the system. “I remain very deeply concerned that TIA technology will be used to plow through large amounts of private information on individual Americans in the United States in search of hypothetical threat situations,” Wyden said in a three-page letter to the director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Full Story

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