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Pentagon Review Shows Faulty Data in Talon Program

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posted on Apr, 5 2006 @ 08:19 PM
The Pentagon rebuffed claims of domestic spying Wednesday after reexamining the Talon Program, a national security database. The agency found errors containing information not applicable to terrorist threats and will correct the mistakes. The defense institution launched an investigation after critics questioned the government's surveillance of anti-war activists.



WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Wednesday a review launched after revelations that it had collected data on U.S. peace activists found that roughly 260 entries in a classified database of possible terrorist threats should not have been kept there.

But the review reaffirmed the value of the so-called Talon reporting system on potential threats to Pentagon personnel or facilities by international terrorists, said Bryan Whitman, a senior Pentagon spokesman. He said the Pentagon was putting in place new safeguards and oversight intended to prevent improper information from going in the database.

Whitman said "less than 2 percent" of the more than 13,000 database entries provided through the Talon system "should not have been there or should have been removed at a certain point in time."

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Naturally, the Pentagon is going to say that they weren't spying on anti-war activists. Combined with the questions surrounding President Bush's NSA spy program, this story leaves a lot of questions that needs to be asked about privacy rights--especially when it has to do with the government spying on its citizens.

[edit on 5-4-2006 by ceci2006]

[edit on 8-4-2006 by asala]

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