Total BS Awareness

The DOD - Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA), Total Information Awareness (TIA) project came into public view about a year after 9-11.  The idea was as the title suggests, to have full situational awareness of the battlefield.  It wasn’t  
until around 2002 that people began to realize that the DOD battlefield was the continental United States including everyone and everything in it.  In concept, ‘Total Information Awareness’ is the ultimate ‘Big Brother’ Surveillance system for a Police State.

In 2003, the Congress eliminated funding for the TIA project but that didn’t stop anything.  DARPA’s project just metastasized.   Part of the project moved deeper into the Intelligence agencies, part of it moved to the Homescam Security Department (DHS) under the name of ‘Homeland Security Advanced Research Project Agency (HSARPA).  Part of it was already in the Transportation Department and was funded as “Smart Highways and Vehicles” with related systems in legislation as early as 1991.

DARPA’s old logo for TIA

It’s almost amusing to watch Congressional hearings with the professional Confidence Men of the IT industry embedded into our national security agencies discuss integrating computer systems to fight ‘terrorism’ and the poodles in Congress praise them for
their efforts.  What Congress didn’t understand - and apparently still doesn’t understand is that ‘Total Information Awareness’ is just a concept for the aggregation of access information for networked systems.   More simply, it’s the component systems of TIA that comprise the Big Brother surveillance systems and they are still being funded, developed, implemented and networked.  The IT Confidence Men just aren’t calling it ‘Total Information Awareness’ anymore.  Instead, they talk about breaking down barriers and stovepipes so that information can be shared.  Sharing and caring... makes you feel all warm and fuzzy doesn't it?

DARPA’s new logo

TIA Rises from the Ashes

On November 6, 2007, the Congressional Committee on Homeland Security held a hearing to find out about DHS’s plans to open a National Applications Office (NAO).  The title of the hearing was “  “Turning Spy Satellites on the Homeland: the Privacy and Civil Liberties Implications of the National Applications Office.”  Members of the Committee did not find out about the plans from the DHS.  They found out about it from the Wall Street Journal.   Charles Allen, Chief Intelligence Officer, testified that they should just be trusted to allow access to the spy satellite information within the guidelines of Constitutional rights to privacy, civil rights and so forth.  It’s all very innocent according to Allen.

In the hearing, Allen talked about providing information only to law enforcement but the way these things develop is incremental.  The TIA system wasn’t just about the collection of information, it was also about the dissemination of information to “customers”. Chapter 2 of the TIA System description is all about providing ‘Applications Access’ to the TIA warehouse of information.  It’s not a coincidence the National Applications Office is scheduled to open for business and it fills the requirement of TIA to have a liason office to facilitate access to systems that fall under the umbrella of TIA.    

Big Brother Surveillance Systems

Some of the known Big Brother Police State systems that are being designed and developed for “information sharing” are:     

  • International Trade and Border Security Systems which are the smokescreens to transform the nation’s highways into ‘movement monitoring systems’ with RFID sensors - including biometric sensors, GPS location and tracking, cameras and highspeed communications systems that retain records of highway trips for anybody on the highway system.  These systems form the basis of ‘Total Domain Awareness’, which is a component of ‘Total Information Awareness’. 
  • Real-ID including RFID and biometric information in a combined ‘North American Union’ format that includes country code.  The Real-ID system includes Real-ID for children.  This is necessary for the ‘cradle-to-grave’ education-work history (personnel) file as well as movement monitoring. 
  • Surveillance cameras with remote location monitoring on our city streets and intersections.  Radar and cameras for remote policing and tickets by mail.  Ignition sensors in vehicles ostensibly to prevent drunks from driving but once the technology is installed, it can be controlled remotely for any purpose deemed “in the public interest’.  
  • Cradle-to-Grave Student Information Management systems networked to the state Workforce development systems that form the basis of a supply-chain management and personnel system for worker-bots.
  • National Medical Information System - will contain all of a person’s medical records (bye-bye medical privacy) including DNA information.


Large-scale computer systems take years to design, develop and implement.  The creation of the surveillance systems that are being implemented did not begin on September 11, 2001 and ‘terrorism’ defined as being radical Islamo-fascism has nothing to do with it.  In fact, when one examines the timeline of the development, with the questions surrounding the official story of 9-11, the case for war in Afghanistan and Iraq and the standing up of the North American Union, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the American people have been the victims of a truly sinister conspiracy and a hoax. 

Reinventing Government

In the 1990’s under the Clinton Administration, government was ‘reinvented’.  It wasn’t well understood at the time, but ‘reinvention’ was the privatization of government to a ‘market-based’ structure.  It was the outsourcing of government operations to corporations.   Because corporations have only one goal:  profit, corporate computer systems have only one goal:  control for maximum profit.   The redesign of government in a corporate model with corporate management has - in effect, transformed our government into a corporation with the computer systems being designed for control of the inventory, assets and personnel with information being a marketable by-product.  Had an honest label been given for the ‘Total Information Awareness’ surveillance system, it would have been called the ‘Total Control and Tracking’ system.   The irony is that these systems are sold as being necessary to keep us free and safe from harm.   What a joke. 



Vicky Davis
September 10, 2007

Vicky L. Davis was a Computer Systems Analyst/Programmer who spent 20 years designing and writing computer systems for large corporations and state and local governments.  For 15 of those years, she worked as a Contractor, which gave her exposure to a wide variety of different businesses and their internal applications and operations.   She has traveled extensively and has lived in nine states in the course of her life’s adventure.