The work of Admiral John Poindexter and General Richard V. Secord with arms-dealer Manucher Ghorbanifar
...Leading this initiative is John Poindexter, the former Reagan era National Security Adviser who famously said that it was his duty to withhold information from Congress.In his new post as Head of the Pentagon Office of Information Awareness, Poindexter has been quietly promoting the idea of creating "a virtual centralized database" that would have the "data-mining" power to pry into the most minute and intimate details of our private lives.
...Now, at the Pentagon, in the Information Awareness Office, retired Navy Admiral John Poindexter is creating-with an initial $200 million of taxpayers' money-a Total Information Awareness system that, as the November 15 Washington Times reported, "would be authorized to collect every type of public and private data" on any of us to discern patterns of activities that might reveal links to terrorism.
As Jonathan Turley summarized the past history of this new grandmaster of privacy invasions, Poindexter
, convicted of five felony counts of lying to Congress and destroying documents, was deeply involved in "the criminal conspiracy to sell arms to a terrorist nation, Iran, in order to surreptitiously fund an unlawful clandestine project in Nicaragua."
...The president, to whom Donald Rumsfeld reports, had only this to say about the Defense Secretary's disgraced hire: "Admiral Poindexter has served the nation very well."
Feingold demands that Congress immediately cut off the funding for Poindexter's
operation until a thorough review is conducted by the Senate and House of the Total Information Awareness system.
...And possibly, as a trial run of this developing eye that never sleeps, Admiral Poindexter may click into whatever protesting messages we send to our representatives, and electronically file them.
It is what will happen to your personal freedom in the next few weeks if John Poindexter
gets the unprecedented power he
A jury convicted Poindexter
in 1990 on five felony counts of misleading Congress and making false statements, but an appeals court overturned the verdict because Congress had given him immunity for his
famously asserted, "The buck stops here," arguing that the White House
staff, and not the president, was responsible for fateful decisions that might prove embarrassing.
This ring-knocking master of deceit is back again with a plan even more scandalous than Iran-contra.He heads the "Information Awareness Office" in the otherwise excellent Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which spawned the Internet and stealth aircraft technology.Poindexter
is now realizing his
20-year dream: getting the "data-mining" power to snoop on every public and private act of every American.
, whose contempt for the restraints of oversight drew the Reagan
administration into its most serious blunder, is still operating on the presumption that on such a sweeping theft of privacy rights, the buck ends with him and not with the president.
This time, however, he
has been seizing power in the open.In the past week John Markoff of The Times, followed by Robert O'Harrow of The Washington Post, have revealed the extent of Poindexter's operation, but editorialists have not grasped its undermining of the Freedom of Information Act.
The Latin motto over Poindexter's
new Pentagon office reads "Scientia Est Potentia" - "knowledge is power."Exactly: the government's infinite knowledge about you is its power over you."We're just as concerned as the next person with protecting privacy," this brilliant mind blandly assured The Post.A jury found he
spoke falsely before.