You’re on your way to work in the morning and place a call on your wireless phone. As your call is relayed by the wireless tower, it is also relayed by another series of towers to a microwave antenna on top of Mount Weather between Leesburg and Winchester, Virginia and then beamed to another antenna on top of an office building in Arlington where it is recorded on a computer hard drive.
The computer also records you phone digital serial number, which is used to identify you through your wireless company phone bill that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency already has on record as part of your permanent file.
A series of sophisticated computer programs listens to your phone conversation and looks for ?keywords? that suggest suspicious activity. If it picks up those words, an investigative file is opened and sent to the Department of Homeland Security.
I’ve mentioned the secret DARPA program called Total Information Awareness before (since changed to Terrorist Information Awareness). The Capitol Hill Blue report is the first I’ve seen to confirm that this program is operative.
That’s infuriating, because DHS and DARPA claimed that TIA was shut down last year when privacy concerns were raised in Congress. But a program that feeds this much information about you and me to the government is not going to die quietly.
Wake up. Our government is spying on us.