This 22 June 2010 video says about itself:
Pentagon Revives Spy Database
The Pentagon’s spy unit has begun rebuilding a controversial database that was shut down three years ago after it was found to have been used to monitor US peace activists. The database, named TALON, included scores of reports on nonviolent demonstrations and antiwar rallies. Targets included Quaker and church groups, organizers of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” protests, and student activists mobilizing against the Iraq war.
The Defense Intelligence Agency has filed notice it wants to effectively revive TALON and rename it Foreign Intelligence and Counterintelligence Operation Records, with the purpose of tracking terror threats. The Washington Post reports the new database will likely inherit TALON’s records.
From Associated Press:
Bush administration, Defense Department get ‘Muzzle’ awards, cited for free-speech violations
ZINIE CHEN SAMPSON
Associated Press Writer
RICHMOND, Va. — The Bush administration and the Defense Department are among the winners of the 2007 Jefferson Muzzle awards, given Tuesday by a free-speech group to those it considers the most egregious First Amendment violators in the past year.
The Bush administration appears on the list, compiled by the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, for its efforts to discourage, modify and sometimes censor government scientists’ reports and studies to be more in line with the administration’s political policies, notably on global warming, the center said.
“The number of major scientists who have come forward and indicated they were constrained by the administration viewpoint is quite worrisome,” center director Robert M. O’Neil told The Associated Press.
“There have been similar concerns arising in other areas but we wanted to focus specifically on climate change as the most invaded or intruded area.”
The Defense Department won a Muzzle for its covert investigations of organizations that conducted peaceful anti-war protests, most of which were against military recruitment for the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the center said.
Created in 2003, TALON (Threat and Local Observation Notice) also monitored e-mail messages among members of anti-war groups.
Its activities were uncovered last year after the American Civil Liberties Union filed numerous Freedom of Information Act requests.
In Afghanistan: no more Al Jazeerah TV in English allowed; see here.
Bush’s Al Jazeera bombing plan: here.