Stop Big Brother -- shut down Total Information Awareness

  • By: James Cook
  • Target: John Poindexter, Director, Information Awareness Office
The Defense Department's Total Information Awareness program brings Big Brother home, spying on ordinary Americans. The military plans to collect citizens' personal information in a central database, where a computer will identify "dangerous" citizens. TIA must be shut down.
"Scientia ist Potentia." In English, "Knowledge is Power."

This is the motto of the Defense Department's Total Information Awareness program. TIA brings Big Brother home, spying on ordinary Americans. The military plans to collect citizens' personal information in a central database. According to the TIA website, this information includes financial, educational, communication, medical, travel, housing and yes, even VETERINARY records.

A computer will use this information to identify "dangerous" citizens and engage in "pre-emptive" action. Who among us will be classified as enemies of the state? What will be the nature of TIA's pre-emptive action?

We, the undersigned, agree that Knowledge is Power. No matter how well intentioned efforts like TIA may be, we know all too well from history that total and centralized surveillance engenders intimidation and invites horrific abuse. So long as we have the power as citizens of this nation to determine what happens in our government, and so long as knowledge regarding plans like TIA is available, we will continue to stand against this skip towards a totalitarian state.

We, the undersigned, call for Total Information Awareness to be totally, immediately, publicly, and irrevocably dismantled.
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