Nov 30, 2011
Yesterday Forbes reports;
Well of course they do. The government knows that information is power, we should remember that power is control.
“National employment databases, national medical databases, national criminal databases, and others have already been created.
The dream is to blend all these separate resources into a single centralized one…the only real impediments to creating the database that now remain are political and cultural: the stubborn assumption of so many Americans that they have rights.”
The State’s Quest for Total Information Awareness by David M. Brown
Forbes reports that the Dept. of Homeland security, not content with its creation of a national network of state Fusion Centers, it now wants its own internal fusion center so that it can take all of the information collected by its many agencies and bring it together and make it all searchable from one central location. The Dept. of Homeland Security absorbed some 22 agencies when it was created including FEMA, the Secret Service, TSA, Immigration and Naturalization, and much more.
The DHS wants to be able to do searches using specific personal information rather than general searches through all of this data for the purpose of identifying patterns to prevent terrorism attacks. The data includes work history collected from the e Verify program, travel records from the TSA, and personal information such as your Social Security number, date of birth, email address and other personal information acquired by DHS from a wide variety of sources including commercial databases making this prospect undeniably similar to the Total Information Awareness project that so outraged Congress and Americans that it was defunded in 2003.
Although a committee of policy and privacy experts were asked to provide feedback on this proposal, DHS signed at least one contract with Raytheon for services related to this proposal before the committee could even complete its draft of recommendations signalling that DHS intends to push this operation forward regardless of any of the legitimate concerns about constitutional, legal or privacy violations.
This system will enable DHS to create a comprehensive profile on American citizens at the push of a button, an ability that the government has edged closer and closer to in recent years and an ability that rightfully generates grave concerns in the minds of most Americans.
Dr. Tom Connor, Assoc Prof of Criminal Justice/Homeland Security Director, Institute for Global Security Studies writes;
“The National Strategy for Homeland Security called for connecting computer databases used in federal law enforcement, immigration, intelligence, public health surveillance, and emergency management . . .and further, DARPA’s ill-fated plan for Total Information Awareness(TIA) was to merge some of these interconnections into a data mining system of systems involving the private sector, the finance/credit system, the Internet, and other databases.
With plans such as these, the goal was to obtain the capability to track every human being on the planet at any given time.” (Emphasis mine)
The government’s goal of Total Information Awareness hasn’t changed even though path to get there has taken a few detours.