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Thursday, November 14, 2002
 
1:59 PM

The Blogosphere is finally noticing John Pointdexter's All-Seeing-Eye (blogged here Tuesday; as Glenn Reynolds would say, advantage, PostWatch!

Instapundit doesn't like Pointdexter's Information Awareness Office, right-thinking blog that it is, nor does William Safire:

A jury convicted Poindexter in 1990 on five felony counts of misleading Congress and making false statements, but an appeals court overturned the verdict because Congress had given him immunity for his testimony. He famously asserted, "The buck stops here," arguing that the White House staff, and not the president, was responsible for fateful decisions that might prove embarrassing.

This ring-knocking master of deceit is back again with a plan even more scandalous than Iran-contra. He heads the "Information Awareness Office" in the otherwise excellent Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which spawned the Internet and stealth aircraft technology. Poindexter is now realizing his 20-year dream: getting the "data-mining" power to snoop on every public and private act of every American....

The Latin motto over Poindexter"s new Pentagon office reads "Scientia Est Potentia" — "knowledge is power." Exactly: the government's infinite knowledge about you is its power over you. "We're just as concerned as the next person with protecting privacy," this brilliant mind blandly assured The Post. A jury found he spoke falsely before..


Many good links at Instapundit, as well as a more comprehensive analysis of how this ties in to the Homeland Security Department.



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