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The administration cited the terrorist threat to justify the program which involved applying advanced computer technology to analyze trillions of bytes of data on electronic transactions and communications. The goal was to study the electronic footprints left by every person in the developed world during the course of their everyday lives – from the innocuous to the embarrassing to the potentially significant. Bush’s aides argued that their access to this electronic data might help detect terrorists, mircette overnight delivery but the data could prove even more useful in building dossiers on anti-war activists or blackmailing political opponents. Mircette overnight delivery A targeted individual would have almost no privacy in the face of an all-knowing government. 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"We have always held out the shibboleth of Big Brother as a nightmare vision of the future that we're going to avoid at all costs, mircette overnight delivery" Gore said. Mircette overnight delivery "They have now taken the most fateful step in the direction of that Big Brother nightmare that any president has ever allowed to occur." Besides the parallels to 1984, mircette overnight delivery the administration’s assurances about respecting constitutional boundaries were undercut by its provocative choice of director for the Information Awareness Office. The project was headed by President Reagan's former national security adviser John Poindexter, mircette overnight delivery who was caught flouting constitutional safeguards and federal laws in the Iran-Contra scandal of the mid-1980s. 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