Stepping into Some Deep DARPA

Total Information Awareness (TIA)–now
Terrorist Information Awareness (TIA) is
a Defense Department program with
built-in mechanisms allowing surveillance
to develop ontology-based (sub)systems
that trace the “threads” of daily life

DARPA The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
has pledged to assess privacy and provide rigorous oversight
over all nonexistent dossiers on non-terrorist U.S. citizens

An oversight board of senior intelligence representatives,
the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology
and logistics, and The Defense secretary will be in control
of analyzing these human behavioral patterns

You know–the people we can trust

DARPA is searching for the Diary Matrix
to make (ido)logical predictions about behavior
in the manner of the secret Mayan Calendar –
smart soldiers crossing dimensions of time

The Diary Matrix records
everything an individual does
into a giant database

GPS transmitters to keep tabs
on where you go,
audio-visual sensors to capture
what you saw and said,
while biomedical monitors keep track
of your mental health

Someone with access can
retrieve past transactions,
recall an experience seconds ago
or many years earlier ..

DARPA is evil!

Why would the Defense Department do such a thing?

The parameters have not yet been determined,
yet existential technology
and the metaphysics of surveillance
will assure immortality

“Patterns in the timeline support
the identification of routines,
relationships, and habits,
preferences, plans,
goals, and other markers of intentionality
are at the highest level.”

Fine–but what’s it good for?

HAMMOND GUTHRIE is the author of AsEverWas: Memoirs of a Beat Survivor. He is the editor of the great online journal The 3rd Page. He can be reached at: