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Subject: US Defense's DARPA wants you to be indexable and searchable
Date: 15 Aug 2003 09:56:00 -0000
IAHF List: this is a very intense article. I couldn't just lay it on you without also giving you something positive that can help us fight this evil at least by generating more widespread awareness of its existence- The Military Industrial Complex is totally out of control, their effort to block our access to dietary supplements is just the tip of a very large iceburg.
See the Government Information Awareness site via which we can monitor Big Brother back http://opengov.media.mit.edu/
There is an excellent bumper sticker at http://www.cafeshops.com/stopfascism.6945771 see it bigger at http://www.cafeshops.com/stopfascism.6945771?zoom=yes#zoom it shows the logo from the Information Awareness Office of DARPA with the unfinished pyrimid, with the luciferic all seeing eye illuminating the earth,and on the bumper sticker is the sarcastic anti Big Brother statement borrowed from George Orwell's 1984 "War is Peace, Freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength"
US Defense's DARPA wants you to be indexable and searchable
This is a significant and historic development for mankind, which could bring LifeLog to your body soon.
Access to DARPA's webpage at:
Imagine the excitement for US soldiers administering LifeLog to the billions of Chinese, Indian, Central Asian and African individuals.. All this high-tech, microwave technology while a third of the world has no access to electricity. Not to mention such simple stuff as clean water and adequate meals..
But priorities are priorities - in the name of chips, computers, wireless communications and satellites..
Report to Congress Regarding the Terrorism Information Awareness Program
The DARPA Terrorism (formerly "Total") Information Awareness program (TIA) is a research and development project. The program is integrating and testing information technology tools. DARPA affirms that TIA's research and testing activities are only using data and information that is either (a) foreign intelligence and counter intelligence information legally obtained and usable by the Federal Government under existing law, or (b) wholly synthetic (artificial) data that has been generated, for research purposes only, to resemble and model real-world patterns of behavior.
The Department of Defense, which is responsible for DARPA, has expressed its full commitment to planning, executing, and overseeing the TIA program in a manner that protects privacy and civil liberties. Safeguarding the privacy and the civil liberties of Americans is a bedrock principle. DoD intends to make it a central element in the Department of Defense's management and oversight of the TIA program.
The Department of Defense fully complies with the laws and regulations governing intelligence activities and all other laws that protect the privacy and constitutional rights of U.S. persons.
DoD has expressed its commitment to the rule of law in this endeavor and views the protection of privacy and civil liberties as an integral and paramount goal in the development of counterterrorism technologies.
The Secretary of Defense will, as an integral part of oversight of TIA research and development, continue to assess emerging potential privacy and civil liberties impacts through an oversight board composed of senior representatives from DoD and the Intelligence Community, and chaired by the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics). The Secretary of Defense will also receive advice on legal and policy issues, including privacy, posed by TIA research and development from a Federal Advisory Committee composed of outside experts (see http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Feb2003/b02072003_bt060-03.html for list of members).
Subsection 111(b) of Division M of the Consolidated Appropriations Resolution, 2003 (Public Law 108-7) required the submission of a report concerning the Terrorism (formerly "Total") Information Awareness program. The report was jointly submitted to Congress on May 20, 2003 by the Secretary of Defense, the Attorney General and the Director of Central Intelligence.
(Note: The program's previous name, "Total Information Awareness" program, created in some minds the impression that TIA was a system to be used for developing dossiers on U.S. citizens. That is not DoD's intent in pursuing this program. Rather, DoD's purpose in pursuing these efforts is to protect U.S. citizens by detecting and defeating foreign terrorist threats before an attack. Therefore, to make this objective absolutely clear, on May 20, DARPA changed the program name to Terrorism Information Awareness.)
Report to Congress regarding the Terrorism Information Awareness Program
Last Updated: May 20, 2003
DARPA WANTS YOUR LIFE INDEXABLE AND SEARCHABLE
It's a memory aid! A robotic assistant! An epidemic detector! An all-seeing, ultra-intrusive spying program!
The Pentagon is about to embark on a stunningly ambitious research project designed to gather every conceivable bit of information about a person's life, index it and make it searchable.
What national security experts and civil libertarians want to know is, why the hell would the Defense Department want to do such a thing?
The embryonic LifeLog program would take every e-mail you've sent or received, every picture you've taken, every web page you've surfed, every phone call you've had, every TV show you've watched, every magazine you've read, and dump it into a giant database.
All of this -- and more -- would be combined with a GPS transmitter, to keep tabs on where you're going; audio-visual sensors, to capture all that you see or say; and biomedical monitors, to keep track of your health.
This gigantic amalgamation of personal information could then be used to "trace the 'threads' of an individual's life," to see exactly how a relationship or events developed, according to a briefing from the Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency, LifeLog's sponsor.
Someone with access to the database could "retrieve a specific thread of past transactions, or recall an experience from a few seconds ago or from many years earlier "by using a search-engine interface."
On the surface, the project seems like the latest in a long line of DARPA's "blue sky" research efforts, most of which never make it out of the lab. But Steven Aftergood, a defense analyst with the Federation of American Scientists, says he is worried.
With its controversial Total Information Awareness database project, DARPA already is planning on tracking all of an individual's "transactional data" -- like what we buy and who gets our e-mail.
Aftergood said he believes LifeLog could go far beyond that, adding physical information (like how we feel) and media data (like what we read) to this transactional data.
"LifeLog has the potential to become something like 'TIA cubed,'" he said.
My Wired News article has details on the LifeLog program.
THERE'S MORE: The idea of committing everything in your life to a machine is nearly sixty years old. In 1945, Vannevar Bush -- who headed the White House's Office of Scientific Research and Development during World War II -- published a landmark Atlantic Monthly article, "As We May Think." In it, he describes a "memex" -- a "device in which an individual stores all his books, records, and communications, and which is mechanized so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility."
Minicomputer visionary Gordon Bell, now working at Microsoft, sees his "MyLifeBits" project as a fulfillment of Bush's vision.
There are other commercial and academic efforts to weave a life into followable threads, including parallel processing prophet David Gelernter's "Scopeware" and "Haystack," from MIT's David Karger.
AND MORE: LifeLog may eventually dwarf Total Information Awareness, DARPA's ultra-invasive database effort. But "TIA" could wind up being pretty damn large on its own, with 50 times more data than the Library of Congress, according to the Associated Press.
AND MORE: Lovers of civil liberties, you now have nothing to fear. Henceforth, the creepy "Total Information Awareness" program will be known as "Terrorism Information Awareness."
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