CSE Calls for Termination of the TIA program
YOU CAN CHANGE THE NAME, BUT THE PRIVACY THREAT IS THE SAME
Citizens for Sound Economy (CSE) Calls for Termination of TIA program
Washington, D.C. -- In a report released to Congress delivered May
20, 2003, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
attempted to address paramount privacy concerns with its controversial
TIA program. TIA aims to aggregate a massive amount of personal
information into a central, government controlled database for military,
intelligence, and law enforcement use.
Last month, DARPA also changed the system's long name from "Total
Information Awareness" to the "Terrorism Information Awareness"
CSE Co-Chairman and former House Majority Leader Dick Armey commented:
"You can change the name, but the danger is the same. TIA is
a real menace to our privacy, and it is an expensive distraction
from the real on-the-ground intelligence that will actually root
out terrorists and their cells.
"While DARPA plans privacy safeguards now, history shows that
once this type of system is in place, there will be ever mounting
pressure to expand it. The opportunity for abuse is astounding,
whether it's renegade federal employees or outside hackers.
"Build it, and it will be abused. Tens of millions of your
tax dollars are at work to develop the ultimate Big Brother platform.
TIA has the potential to undermine our privacy and our freedom.
The only real safeguard with TIA is program termination."
For more information, call Brenna Hapes at (202) 942-7629 or visit
Citizens for a Sound Economy recruits, educates, trains, and mobilizes
hundreds of thousands of volunteer activists to fight for less government,
lower taxes, and more freedom. Founded in 1984, CSE has 280,000
members nationwide. Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey is co-Chairman.
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