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November 21, 2002

Fatherland Security Bill to Bring Total Surveillance

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You know shit is fucked up when William Safire -- one-time Nixon speechwriter/propagandist -- is screaming bloody murder about the Orwellian future a Republican admin is working hard to create.

Poindexter protecting his unindicted co-conspirator during the '80s. He has a long history of subverting the Constitution then lying about it under oath.
Not only has GW appointed Iran-Contra kingpin John Poindexter to his Administration, the convicted perjurer is heading a new, highly secretive Big Brother operation called the Information Awareness Office. Safire speaks of the IAO thusly:

"Every purchase you make with a credit card, every magazine subscription you buy and medical prescription you fill, every Web site you visit and e-mail you send or receive, every academic grade you receive, every bank deposit you make, every trip you book and every event you attend – all these transactions and communications will go into what the Defense Department describes as 'a virtual, centralized grand database.'

"To this computerized dossier on your private life from commercial sources, add every piece of information that government has about you -- passport application, driver's license and bridge toll records, judicial and divorce records, complaints from nosy neighbors to the F.B.I., your lifetime paper trail plus the latest hidden camera surveillance -- and you have the supersnoop's dream: a 'Total Information Awareness' about every U.S. citizen.

"This is not some far-out Orwellian scenario. It is what will happen to your personal freedom in the next few weeks if John Poindexter gets the unprecedented power he seeks." Meanwhile, CNN has been characterizing the super-surveillance system simply as a way to "track financial transactions," which is a little like calling the space shuttle "just a place to hold science experiments."

The following excerpt from the White House Press Briefing of Feb. 28, 2002 is revealing. After pretending he had heard nothing about Poindexter's appointment to head the IAO, he had this to say:

MR. FLEISCHER: Let me just say about Admiral Poindexter, Admiral Poindexter is somebody who this administration thinks is an outstanding American and an outstanding citizen who has done a very good job in what he has done for our country, serving in the military.

Q: How can you say that, when he told Colonel North to lie?

MR. FLEISCHER: Helen [Thomas], I think your views on Iran Contra are well-known, but the President does believe that Admiral Poindexter served --

Q: It isn't my view, this is the prosecutor for the United States.

MR. FLEISCHER: I understand. The President thinks that Admiral Poindexter has served our nation very well.

Q: Really? ...

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Official info-graphic (public version) explaining the Total Information Awareness (TIA) System administered by John Poindexter.

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