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TALON Under New Scrutiny

Undersecretary for Defense Intelligence nominee James Clapper reportedly told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he will evaluate and consider shutting down the TALON database; a database of suspicious events reports of a counterintelligence or force protection nature.

Privacy rights and civil libertarians protested TALON when it was revealed that it contained information on US citizens: a potential violation of federal laws written to prevent the use of military intelligence capabilities against civilians. Subsequent legal reviews resulted in inappropriate records being purged from the database.

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