Thursday, July 31, 2003

Poindexter Booted over "Terrorism Futures" Program

WASHINGTON, July 31 — Retired Adm. John Poindexter is expected to resign his Pentagon post with the group that created the controversial and now dead terrorism futures program, Pentagon sources said Thursday.

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Sen. John Warner, R-Va., earlier had suggested Poindexter leave, telling Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz at a hearing, “This is two strikes now. Do you have to throw a third strike?”

The chairman of the Armed Services Committee apparently was referring to the Total Information Awareness program at the defense research agency. That program was developing computer software that could virtually track every detail of an individual’s life, raising fears of privacy violations by the government.

Poindexter, who two decades ago was charged with lying to Congress in the Iran-Contra scandal, works for the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, which is charged with “thinking out of the box” in developing new technologies for national defense and security.

Thinking out of the box? These short-strokers couldn't think their way out of a wet paper bag.


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