Oh I'm so silly, why couldn't I have seen it before. That just makes perfect sense.
When former AT&T technician Mark Klein learned of a secret
room installed in the company's San Francisco internet
switching center, he was certain he had stumbled onto the Total
Information Awareness program, a Defense Department
research project that intended to scour databases across
the country for telltale signs of terrorists.
Sooooo why does AT&T need to reroute all their cable through a cabinet, and then into another rooom where one of these machine's resides? And why would no one but NSA cleared staff have access to this room.
"Anything that comes through (an internet protocol network),
we can record," says Steve Bannerman, marketing vice president
of Narus, a Mountain View, California, company. "We can reconstruct
all of their e-mails along with attachments, see what web pages they
clicked on, we can reconstruct their (voice over internet protocol)
I'm a little scared right now. I mean, the phone number storing, fine, but being able to track everything everyone says or looks at on the internet, that is, in my opinion, a clear invasion of privacy. They are indiscriminantly collecting information on individuals without a warrant or any kind of due process and without their knowledge. That has to be at least 2 laws that we are breaking, right?
Which hopefully means that none of the information they collect in this endeavor could be used against an American citizen in a criminal case because it is collected outside the protetcions provided to us. So, what again is the purpose of this program? Besides snooping in a serious way.
"Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to greater danger. It works the same in any country."
"These [terrorist] attacks are not inevitable. They are, however, possible, and this very fact underscores the reason we cannot live under the threat of blackmail…The terrorist threat to America and the world will be diminished the moment that Saddam Hussein is disarmed."