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Researchers still defending terror program

Researchers working on the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Terrorism Information Awareness program said today the program died prematurely largely because the agency didn’t better explain its uses and safeguards. When Congress passed the Defense Appropriations Bill for fiscal 2004, it included specific language to effectively kill the TIA project that had been run by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for less than a year. At a Sept. 30 meeting of the Defense Department’s Technology and Privacy Advisory Committee (TAPAC), researchers involved in the program outlined their participation in an attempt to show that the much-maligned system was not the all-encompassing spy technology it had been made out to be. Originally called Total Information Awareness, TIA would help national security analysts track and pre-empt terrorist attacks by spotting patterns in credit card and travel records, biometric authentication technologies, intelligence data and automated virtual data repositories. Full Story

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