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TIA: Total Information Awareness

Total Information Awareness Lives A stunning new report indicates the NSA has effectively revived the Orwellian Total Information Awareness domestic-spying program that was banned by Congress in 2003. In response, the ACLU has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for more information about the spying. And, we moved the Surveillance Clock one minute closer to midnight. More. . .


ACLU asks EU to investigate NSA Spying
View letter in English or French.


Other Resorces
The ACLU white paper "Eavesdropping 101" is online at

Other information about NSA spying can be found at

ACLU's Press Release "Stunning New Report on Domestic NSA Dragnet Spying Confirms ACLU Surveillance Warnings" is available at

To read the ACLU's FOIA request, go to:

Materials on the Original TIA Program

"Total Information Awareness" may be the closest thing to a true "Big Brother" program that has ever been seriously contemplated in the United States. TIA is based on a vision of pulling together as much information as possible about as many people as possible into an "ultra-large-scale" database, making that information available to government officials, and sorting through it to try to identify terrorists. More...

Q & A on the Pentagon's "Total Information Awareness" Program

> ACLU Testimony on TIA Before Pentagon Privacy Panel
> Is the Threat From TIA "Overblown"? An ACLU analysis
> Right-Left Groups Respond to DARPA's Report on TIA
> ACLU Congressional Testimony on Data Mining
> Computer experts weigh in on TIA
> Coalition Letter to Key Members of Congress Urging Prohibition of the TIA Program (01/14/2003)
> Special Report: Bigger Monster, Weaker Chains: The Growth of an American Surveillance Society

Press Releases
> ACLU Calls FBI Involvement in Total Information Awareness a Privacy Disaster Waiting to Happen (01/22/2003)
> ACLU Calls on President Bush to Disavow New Cyber-Spying Scheme (11/14/2002)

> Total Information Awareness home page
> Electronic Privacy Information Center page on TIA
> Report: Total Information Compliance: The TIA’s Burden Under The Wyden Amendment

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