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Total Information Awareness version 8.5

Yep. They just keep trying and trying to come up with better acronyms for spying and data-mining. The latest iteration is ADVISE - Analysis, Dissemination, Visualization, Insight, and Semantic Enhancement. They're data-mining emails, blogs, government records, and with the help of Yahoo and MSN, prolly your internet searches, as well. And you know what the best part is? Congressman with direct oversight of the people in charge of ADVISE don't actually know what's going on. But they're mostly ok with that.

"I am not fully briefed on ADVISE," wrote Rep. Curt Weldon (R) of Pennsylvania, vice chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, in an e-mail. "I'll get briefed this week."

Sure he will. Then he'll be sworn to secrecy so that he can't actually do anything about any bits of information they deign to throw his way. Good on ya.

Read here for the Christian Science Monitor's article about the data-mining program and here for the FDL blog on it.

I wonder what Illuminati symbol ADVISE is using as their logo.

By min | February 9, 2006, 12:22 PM | Liberal Outrage