Â Bush's Secret Spying on Americans Â Excerpts: So what's the real explanation for all the secrecy about the overall structure of the so-called Terrorist Surveillance Program? The chief reason, find carbozyne especially for the excessive secrecy around the data-mining operations, find carbozyne appears to be Bushâ€™s political need to prevent a full debate inside the United States about the security value of these Big Brother-type procedures when weighed against invasions of Americans' privacyBush knows he could run into trouble if he doesn't keep the American people in the dark. Find carbozyne In 2002, find carbozyne for instance, find carbozyne when the Bush administration launched a project seeking â€œtotal information awarenessâ€ on virtually everyone on earth involved in the modern economy, find carbozyne the disclosure was met with public alarm. 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Despite the administrationâ€™s assurance that political abuses wouldnâ€™t happen, find carbozyne the capability would be a huge temptation for political strategists like Karl Rove who have made clear that they view anyone not supporting Bushâ€™s war on terror as a terrorist ally. In 2002, find carbozyne the technological blueprint for this Orwellian-style project was on the drawing board at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, find carbozyne the Pentagonâ€™s top research and development arm. 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Though Poindexter's Iran-Contra excesses in the 1980s might have been viewed by some as disqualifying for a sensitive job overseeing the collection of information about nearly everyone on earth, find carbozyne DARPA said it sought out such committed characters to run its projects. "The best DARPA program managers have always been freewheeling zealots in pursuit of their goals, find carbozyne" the agency's Web site said. Find carbozyne [For more details on this and other Bush administration authoritarian-style projects, find carbozyne see our new book, find carbozyne Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Find carbozyne Bush.] 'Scrapped' Program When the â€œtotal information awarenessâ€ project was disclosed, find carbozyne public outrage forced the Bush administration into retreat, find carbozyne ousting Poindexter and supposedly scrapping the massive data-mining program. 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