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    Tuesday, August 21, 2007

    Perfect timing, Gov. Job.

    The Pentagon will power down a controversial domestic spying database known as TALON on September 17, following intense criticisms of the program to track threats against military base following revelations that the database included reports on peaceful anti-war groups. The scandal-plagued Counterintelligence Field Activity office will shut the database on September 17, the Pentagon announced Tuesday. Future threat reports will be funneled to an FBI database known as Guardian.

    The announcement was not unexpected as the new Secretary of Defense Robert Gates made it clear he wanted to change the Pentagon's intelligence gathering operations and in April said TALON would likely be shut down..


    DHS Data Mining Program Suspended After Evading Privacy Review, Audit Finds

    By Ryan Singel EmailAugust 20, 2007 | 6:01:49 PM

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    A controversial Homeland Security data mining system called ADVISE that dreamed of searching through trillions of records culled from government, public and private databases analyzed personal information without the required privacy oversight, may cost more than commercially available alternatives and has been suspended until a privacy review has been completed, according to an internal audit.

    The Analysis, Dissemination, Visualization, Insight, and Semantic Enhancement program, one of twelve DHS data mining efforts, hit the trifecta of civil libertarians concerns about data mining programs – invasiveness, secrecy and ineffectiveness, according to a recent DHS Inspector General report (.pdf).

    DHS hoped the data sifting tool would help analysts "detect, deter, and mitigate threats to our homeland and disseminate timely information to its homeland security partners and the American public." The idea was to build a generic toolset that could find hidden relationships in massive amounts of data and provide the tool to groups working with data sets as divergent as intelligence and newspaper reports to WMD sensor data.

    Started in 2003, the program has gotten $42 million in funding through 2007..

    Maybe they can manage to have them both down at the same time? say 9.11 ??


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