The Short Life, Public Execution and Resurrection of John Poindexter's Total Information Awareness

Was it an Orwellian nightmare or an intelligence savior? John Poindexter says TIA was sucked into a vortex of politics and knee-jerk foolishness before anyone could answer that question.

Riffing on politics in his most recent stand-up routine, the comedian Chris Rock laments that nobody thinks anymore. Nobody considers an issue and lets it roll around in his head for a while; we have become a nation both addicted to snap judgment and suspicious of anyone willing to say, "It depends," or "I'll have to think about that." Rock's raucous audience offers loud applause on this point, not laughter. If retired Adm. John M. Poindexter had been there to hear Rock's rant, he likely would have applauded too. For he and Rock share this concern over America's growing reliance on snap judgment and resistance to reasoned debate

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