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A decade ago, a Pentagon research project called "Total Information Awareness" sparked a mass panic because of its seemingly Orwellian interest in categorizing and mining every aspect of our digital lives. If this sounds reminiscent of the current uproar over NSA surveillance, you're paying attention. That's because the NSA monitoring tools are very similar to -- and, in many cases are directly based on -- the technology that Total Information Awareness (TIA) tried to use... 

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/06/19/total_information_awareness_prism_nsa_bush_poindexter
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At the time, TIA was killed, pretty much everyone who paid attention realized that it would emerge under a different guise.
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And they're almost impossible to fake, intel sources tell me...
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Everyone assumes NSA leaker Edward Snowden is BS'ing when he insists he'll never give classified data to the Russians. Actually, he may be telling the truth. Here's why: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/07/18/what_if_snowdens_laptops_hold_no_secrets
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gizmodo posted about these some time back, and some have what looks like water facilities
http://gizmodo.com/5859081/why-is-china-building-these-gigantic-structures-in-the-middle-of-the-desert
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