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  •  Booz Allen was/is the general contractor.... (2+ / 0-)
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    AoT, YucatanMan

    ...both before and after the changeover (and even now). I even stated this in a post 2-3 weeks ago, before Snowden ever hit the news.

    "I always thought if you worked hard enough and tried hard enough, things would work out. I was wrong." --Katharine Graham

    by bobswern on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 12:28:02 PM PDT

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    •  That is correct (2+ / 0-)
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      Though they aren't the only ones.

      •  The other two biggies were (2+ / 0-)
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        Hicks & Associates, and SAIC.

        The software being developed back in the days of TIA, was described as follows (from the software marketing materials):

        “... the capability for analysts and decision-makers to develop an understanding of the intent of an individual or set of individuals with regards to a future action based on current understanding.”
        In other words, use a list circumstantial criteria to build a story of potential terrorist behavior with the automatic assumption that any person who meets those criteria intends to perform a terrorist act.
        •  This is a sidebar but similar situation as the (2+ / 0-)
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          targeting of drone strikes on identity-unknown individuals in Pakistan, Yemen, et al, based upon their "activity profile."

          How was that even determined?  Were they monitored by drone day after day?  Likely, any person entering a certain area or otherwise "associated" via behavior with "terrorist-similar activity" was simply terminated:

          the intent of an individual or set of individuals with regards to a future action based on current understanding
          “Signature strikes,” explained Heller, make up the overwhelming majority of drone attacks carried out by the United States. These strikes target individuals whose identities are unknown, but who exhibit certain patterns of behavior or defining characteristics associated with terrorist activity.
          Why is this important and related?

          The present administration, for over four years, has had no qualms about killing people engaged in "signature activities."  That they are tracking US citizens' behavior according to very similar parameters is disturbing.

          No, I am absolutely not saying that Obama intends to drone strike Americans. That's some looney RW fantasy run amuck.

          What I am saying is that this corrupt reasoning is being carried over into our civilian lives within this nation.  As radical simplicity stated, only circumstantial evidence is being used to determine who to study, investigate, surveil or otherwise target by intelligence organizations.

          Doesn't this violate the essential concept of innocent until proven guilty?   Isn't it rather unAmerican to place suspicion on people, not for their overt actions or their dangerous behavior, but simply because their "patterns" fit a pre-designated circumstantial set of evidence?

          They claim to be able to predict Future Behavior based upon Present Circumstances?  Is that really even a valid behavioral concept?

          Frankly, that's disgusting, but that is exactly what these surveillance programs are doing -- today. Now. To us.

          "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

          by YucatanMan on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 06:01:11 PM PDT

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