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PostWatch: An irregular correction to the Washington Post

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Thursday, February 06, 2003
1:18 PM

Bravo to the Right-Left Coalition.. Still fighting against Total Information Awarenss, in the Washington Times:
Privacy advocates from the political left and right are joining forces with Congress to stop funding of the Pentagon's Total Information Awareness (TIA) program, a cyber-surveillance system labled by critics as a "supersnoop" system....

A measure blocking the program passed the Senate last month but must survive the House and Senate conference committee this week. The measure was added as an amendment to a 2003 omnibus spending bill....

The TIA data-mining program seeks to collect public and private records, such as credit-card transactions and cell-phone usage, to identify terrorists.
Several civil liberties groups, dubbed the "Right-Left Coalition," participated in a teleconference call yesterday to raise awareness with House and Senate conference committee members on the need to retain the legislative language.

And under the heading, I Did Not Know That:
TIA was initiated last year and is run by retired Vice Adm. John Poindexter, whose conviction for deceiving Congress in the Iran-Contra scandal was later overturned. After the coalition criticized the administration's choice to lead the agency, Adm. Poindexter's name and biography were removed from the program's Web site. The program's original logo — a pyramid with an all-seeing eye focused on the world — and its slogan translated from Latin, "knowledge is power," further raised speculation as to the agency's mission and have also been redesigned. The new logo is an open pyramid with a ribbon running through it.

Mr. Wyden said the Web site changes are encouraging and indicate the administration is stepping away from the program as proposed.

Either that or trying to Happy-Face it into existence.

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