Monday, April 30, 2007

Pentagon wants to end controversial spying program...

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When are people gonna wake the Hell up?


Pentagon wants to end controversial spying program

The Pentagon wants to close a domestic terrorism spying venture that has drawn criticism for collecting information on peaceful activists inside the United States, a spokesman said Wednesday.

The new undersecretary of defense for intelligence, James Clapper, found disappointing results during a review of the Pentagon's Threat and Local Observation Notice (TALON) database, instituted in 2003.

Clapper "has assessed the results of the TALON program and does not believe they merit continuing the program as currently constituted, particularly in light of its image in Congress and the media," spokesman Pat Ryder said.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has not yet made a formal decision to shut down the program, Ryder added. The Pentagon admitted last year that a small portion of the information collected in the database "either should have been purged, or was data that was not appropriate for reporting in that system."

The TALON program began in 2003 to track suspects with possible links to terrorists as part of the United States' post-September 11, 2001 "war on terror." Parts of the database leaked to news reporters have shown that the Pentagon has been collecting information on peace activists and monitoring anti-war protests across the country. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) last year filed several Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests seeking to uncover which peace group is being spied on by the Pentagon and why.

The filing was on behalf of several national groups and seven Florida-based peace activist groups, including Florida members of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker religious-based peace group. "We found there were any number of things with respect to that program where there were data that was maintained in a database where they probably should have not been maintained there," said Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman.

"Everybody will agree there is a need to be able to monitor report threats on US installations and against US military personnel and how you go about that is I guess what the issue is here."
Influential Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy said "there are ways to protect defense facilities and military personnel without this kind of overreaching" and saluted the Pentagon's will to put an end to the program.

"Talon was another costly, controversial and poorly focused venture that did not make us any safer," Leahy said.

"Without clear rules and close oversight, databases like this can easily be abused to violate the public's constitutional and privacy rights."


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