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Friday, February 04, 2005

The Matrix is Here

A truly frightening commercial for the ACLU outlines the dangers of a government program to compile your personal information for use by law enforcement agents and government contractors. You can view it here.

In a nutshell, a handful of states in conjunction with the federal government are supporting a program that would combine state government records (such as driver's license records) with commercially available data to create a vast database called The Matrix, which stands for "Multistate Anti-Terrorism Information Exchange (obviously named by someone who either didn't see the movie or has a brutally cynical Orwellian sense of humor).

The ACLU has been fighting the program's implementation, and it is only pilot funded through March of this year. Here's hoping it goes down in flames.

(Thanks to Walt for the tip)