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Giving In to the Surveillance State


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Credit: O.O.P.S.

In March 2002, John M. Poindexter, a former national security adviser to President Ronald Reagan, sat down with Gen. Michael V. Hayden, the director of the National Security Agency. Mr. Poindexter sketched out a new Pentagon program called Total Information Awareness, that proposed to scan the world’s electronic information—including phone calls, emails, and financial and travel records—looking for transactions associated with terrorist plots.

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