Recall Total Information Awareness, changed to Terrorist Information Awareness
(TIA) after a self-conscious PR revamp (including the dumping of its obvious Masonic-Illuminati
logo), and criticism of its Iran-Contra convicted criminal overlord, John Poindexter.
TIA weathered blistering scrutiny after its purpose was revealed—it was
a massive program in the making designed to snoop the American people, who are
of course the real enemy of criminal government. On January 16, 2003, Senator
Russ Feingold introduced legislation to put an end to TIA. In February of 2003,
so we were told, Congress passed legislation closing down the Information Awareness
Office, run out of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and supposedly
halted all TIA activity, a highly unusual effort considering the fact Congress
rarely messes with specific internal Department of Defense projects.
Congress did this because TIA was an obvious and serious threat to the constitutional
rights of the American people. However, these days, the Straussian neocon controlled
Pentagon and the White House do not take orders from the American people and
TIA is alive and well, as revealed by Shane
Harris of the National Journal.
“A controversial counter-terrorism program, which lawmakers halted more
than two years ago amid outcries from privacy advocates, was stopped in name
only and has quietly continued within the intelligence agency now fending off
charges that it has violated the privacy of U.S. citizens,” Harris writes.
“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.
The prototype system included privacy-protection technologies that may have
been discontinued or scaled back following the move to ARDA.” In other
words, it appears TIA was merged with the NSA’s current snoop effort under
the control of the perfidious Straussian neocons.
Sen. Ron Wyden, instrumental, along with Feingold, in closing down the original
TIA, grilled Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte and FBI Director
Robert Mueller earlier this month. Wyden asked if it was “correct that
when [TIA] was closed, that several… projects were moved to various intelligence
agencies…. I and others on this panel led the effort to close [TIA]; we
want to know if Mr. Poindexter’s programs are going on somewhere else.”
Negroponte and Mueller claimed ignorance, although Negroponte’s deputy,
Gen. Michael V. Hayden, until recently director of the NSA and unaware that
the Fourth Amendment requires probable cause, said, “I’d like to
answer in closed session.” In short, Hayden admitted that TIA was alive,
well, and kicking the Bill of Rights in the drawers.
The NSA is now at the center of a political firestorm over President Bush’s
program to eavesdrop on the phone calls and e-mails of people in the United
States who the agency believes are connected to terrorists abroad. While the
documents on the TIA programs don’t show that their tools are used in
the domestic eavesdropping, and knowledgeable sources wouldn’t discuss
the matter, the TIA programs were designed specifically to develop the kind
of “early-warning system” that the president said the NSA is running.
In other words, we would be foolish to believe the TIA “tools”
are not being used to snoop the American people.
“ARDA now is undergoing some changes of its own,” Harris continues.
“The outfit is being taken out of the NSA, placed under the control of
Negroponte’s office, and given a new name. It will be called the ‘Disruptive
Technology Office,’ a reference to a term of art describing any new invention
that suddenly, and often dramatically, replaces established procedures. Officials
with the intelligence director’s office did not respond to multiple requests
for comment on this story.”
Disruptive technology, indeed—disruptive of the Constitution and the
Bill of Rights. Obviously, the NSA is too hot for this “early-warning
system,” a system we are told is designed to snoop “al-Qaeda”
phone calls and instant messages (sent from caves), and it will now be moved
into its own digs and continue to operate.
Echelon, Carnivore, Magic Lantern, etc., these are all “systems”
designed to render our former constitutional republic into a sprawling Panopticon,
or surveillance prison. “A government engaging in escalating
criminal actions and becoming more and more secretive should not be watching
and tracking us as if we’re all criminals,” write Paul
Joseph Watson and Alex Jones. “This is systematic. They built the
electrically wired cage around us and then they turned it on. The state is doing
all this for the moment when they take your pension funds, private property,
and guns because you won’t be able to resist. Big Brother will be two
steps ahead at all times and there will be nowhere to hide,” as Winston
Smith, the protagonist in George Orwell’s nightmarish dystopian novel,
1984, ultimately had nowhere to hide.
One thing is for certain—the Straussian neocons will continue to erect
the Panopticon mass surveillance state, regardless what a few isolated members
of Congress do or no matter how many lawsuits and FOIA requests are issued by
a gaggle of so-called “civil libertarians” (they should call themselves
Bill of Rights libertarians).
Bush, the front man for the Straussian neocons, is now for all practical
purposes a dictator, a status that makes his “job easier,” as he
told us before he was appointed to the presidency by Supreme Court fiat. Bush
will now take his place in a long line of dictatores, from Lucius Sulla and
Julius Caesar to Benito Mussolini and Adolph Hitler. Mussolini and Hitler, however,
never dreamed of the sort of awesome control and surveillance mechanisms at
the disposal of the Straussian neocons, who like Mussolini and Hitler also have
dreams of conquest and never-ending war and nihilistic destruction.