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Some of The Mechanics of Control

Regular readers will know of my obsession with government intrusion into private lives, accelerated so dramatically by the inevitable response to 9/11.  Earlier, I had declared that governments' increasing demands for personal data would be my focus for the year.  I have been assiduously collecting articles and papers on the subject all year, but I've had no time to put them together into a coherent argument.  I'll bget to that soon.

In the meanwhile, the Washington Post has published an article of interest to those who want to understand the mechanics and scope of government-corporate data collection (all the better to avoid them).  Specifically, the article describes the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment (TIDE) system.  TIDE has ballooned from about 100,000 files in 2003, to almost 500,000 today; and the increase shows no sign of slowing. The TIDE database is used to feed the various "watch lists" used by airlines, and border agencies. Moreover,

"... the bar for inclusion is low, and once on the list, it is virtually impossible to get off it."

As a sidebar, the Post also has an interesting graphic that displays the screening process that TIDE is said to be attached to.   

March 25, 2007 in America Inc, Bush Administration, Capitalism, Government Intrusion | Permalink

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