Total Information Awareness: The Next Generation

Well well well.  Lookee here.



From a 2006 article by Shane Harris, National Journal, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006 
...the Defense Department's Total Information Awareness program... developed technologies to predict terrorist attacks by mining government databases and the personal records of people in the United States ... The names of key projects were changed, apparently to conceal their identities, but their funding remained intact, often under the same contracts....
....Two of the most important components of the TIA program were moved to the Advanced Research and Development Activity, housed at NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Md., documents and sources confirm. One piece was the Information Awareness Prototype System, the core architecture that tied together numerous information extraction, analysis, and dissemination tools developed under TIA....
 Sources confirm that this new sponsor was ARDA. Along with the new sponsor came a new name. "We will be describing this new effort as 'Basketball,' " ...
Another key TIA project that moved to ARDA was Genoa II, which focused on building information technologies to help analysts and policy makers anticipate and pre-empt terrorist attacks. Genoa II was renamed Topsail when it moved to ARDA...
....As recently as October 2005, SAIC was awarded a $3.7 million contract under Topsail. According to a government-issued press release announcing the award, "The objective of Topsail is to develop decision-support aids for teams of intelligence analysts and policy personnel to assist in anticipating and pre-empting terrorist threats to U.S. interests." That language repeats almost verbatim the boilerplate descriptions of Genoa II contained in contract documents, Pentagon budget sheets, and speeches by the Genoa II program's former managers.... 

Is that "core architecture" in "the Information Awareness Prototype System" core as in main core?


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1 comment:

  1. NSA, Agency That Could Be Big Brother
    http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/122505Y.shtml

    Washington - Deep in a remote, fog-layered hollow near Sugar Grove, W.Va., hidden by fortress-like mountains, sits the country's largest eavesdropping bug. Located in a "radio quiet" zone, the station's large parabolic dishes secretly and silently sweep in millions of private telephone calls and e-mail messages an hour.

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