Ah, 1984… how innocent you seem now….
From the Washington Post: A new Pentagon research office has started designing a global computer-surveillance system to give U.S. counterterrorism officials access to personal information in government and commercial databases around the world.
The Information Awareness Office, run by John M. Poindexter, aims to develop new technologies to sift through “ultra-large” data warehouses and networked computers in search of threatening patterns among everyday transactions, such as credit card purchases and travel reservations, according to interviews and documents.
And they get to do all of it without any oversight from the Judicial Branch. Have I mentioned their logo?