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Defense official defends idea of data mining

Public misconceptions of privacy and civil liberties issues surrounding the Defense Department’s Terrorism Information Awareness (TIA) program led to its demise, a Defense official said on Tuesday. The end of TIA, which called for “mining” commercial databases for information on potential terrorists, was the result of “lots of distortions and misunderstandings,” Robert Popp, a special assistant to the director for strategic matters at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, said at an event sponsored by the Potomac Institute. Full Story

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