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Stop the TIA Program!
« on: March 08, 2003, 09:45:04 AM »
Recommendation: Contact your senators and representative by email, phone, or fax and ask them to help stop the rising police state by terminating the Pentagon`s Total Information Awareness Program (TIA). Emphasize that you are aware that Congress has already voted to (1) limit the program to non-U.S. citizens and (2) require the Pentagon to explain it in detail to Congress, including its impact on civil liberties. Conclude by saying that you strongly favor going further by completely defunding the Pentagon TIA program (and any similar government data-mining programs) immediately due to the obvious threat to personal privacy and civil liberties.

Status: On February 13th, both House and Senate passed H.R. 2 (an omnibus appropriations bill for FY 2003), which included an amendment sponsored by Senators Wyden (D-Ore.) and Grassley (R-Iowa) that requires the Pentagon to (1) limit the TIA program to non-U.S. citizens and (2) convince Congress within 90 days to continue funding for the TIA program. The President is expected to sign the bill.

Summary: Even though the Wyden-Grassley amendment explicitly bars the monitoring of U.S. citizens by the TIA program, the fight to protect the privacy and civil liberties of U.S. citizens is far from over. Virtually all of the databases that would be mined by the TIA program for monitoring non-U.S. citizens would also contain information on U.S. citizens. Converting from TIA monitoring of non-U.S. citizens to monitoring U.S. citizens would likely be as simple as a mouse click. Would you trust a Hillary Clinton administration with this power? Would you trust any administration with this power?
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