The following is how the New York Times describes the direction headed by the “Information Awareness Office" under the leadership of John Poindexter of Iran-Contra fame:
"Every purchase you make with a credit card, every magazine subscription you buy and medical prescription you fill, every Web site you visit and e-mail you send or receive, every academic grade you receive, every bank deposit you make, every trip you book and every event you attend — all these transactions and communications will go into what the Defense Department describes as "a virtual, centralized grand database."
This is clearly a massive violation of the people’s reasonable expectation of privacy and must not be allowed to stand as authorized by Homeland Defense legislation.
Neither Democrats, nor Republicans benefit from such a program. Please work to convince others in the Senate of this. It would be another major failure for the Democratic Party if this passes as written.
Thanks in advance,