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[] Total Information Awareness (TIA) Update vom Pentagon,

NEWS RELEASE from the United States Department of Defense

No. 060-03
February 7, 2003


The Department of Defense will establish two boards to provide
oversight of the Total Information Awareness Project, the
program designed to develop tools to track terrorists.  The two
boards, an internal oversight board and an outside advisory
committee, will work with the Defense Advanced Research Projects
Agency (DARPA), as it continues its research.  These boards will
help ensure that TIA develops and disseminates its products to
track terrorists in a manner consistent with U.S. constitutional
law, U.S. statutory law, and American values related to privacy.

The TIA internal oversight board will oversee and monitor the
manner in which terrorist tracking tools are transitioned for
real world use.  This board will establish policies and
procedures for use within DoD of the TIA-developed tools and
will establish protocols for transferring these capabilities to
entities outside DoD.  A primary focus of the board will be to
ensure that the TIA-developed tools to track terrorists will be
used only in accordance with existing privacy protection laws
and policies.  The board, which is expected to hold its first
meeting by the end of February 2003, will be composed of senior
DoD officials.

The outside advisory board will be convened as a federal
advisory committee and will comply with all the legal and
regulatory requirements for such bodies.  The committee will
advise the Secretary of Defense on the range of policy and legal
issues that are raised by the development and potential
application of advanced technology to help identify terrorists
before they act.

Members of the outside advisory board are Newton Minow
(chairman), director of the Annenberg Washington Program and the
Annenberg Professor of Communications Law and Policy at
Northwestern University; Floyd Abrams, renowned civil rights
attorney; Zoe Baird, director Markel Foundation; Griffin Bell,
former U.S. Attorney General and Court of Appeals judge; Gerhard
Casper, president emeritus for Stanford University and Professor
of Law; William T. Coleman, former chairman and CEO of BEA
(world's leading application and infrastructure company) and now
Chief Customer Advocate; and Lloyd Cutler, former White House

DARPA is continuing its research into whether advanced
technologies can be used to help identify terrorist planning
activities.  This technology development program was established
under the name Total Information Awareness (TIA) and is designed
to catch terrorists before they strike.  Under the rubric of
TIA, DARPA is attempting to develop three categories of tools -
language translation, data search and pattern recognition, and
advanced collaborative and decision support tools.  The research
conducted under TIA will provide the tools for obtaining
information pertaining to activities of terrorists, and if
connected together, this information could alert authorities
before terrorists' plans are carried out.  While the research to
date is promising, TIA is still only a concept.

Development of these anti-terrorism tracking tools would allow
the agencies to better execute their missions.  TIA does not
plan to create a gigantic database.  Further, TIA has not ever
collected or gathered and is not now collecting or gathering any
intelligence information.  This is and will continue to be the
responsibility of the US foreign
intelligence/counterintelligence agencies, which operate under
various legal and policy restrictions with congressional
oversight.  This technology development program in no way alters
the authority or responsibility of the intelligence community.
Furthermore, TIA has never collected, and has no plan or intent
to collect privately held consumer data on U.S. citizens.  It is
a research program designed to catch terrorists before they

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