On February 13, 2002, Americans were warned that
our nation was facing the threat of danger to homeland
security. Three hours later it happened, but nobody told
That day, John M. Poindexter was appointed Director
of the Pentagon's Information Awareness Office.
Meet America's New Big Brother
Who's John Poindexter?
A retired Navy Admiral, John Poindexter lost his job as National
Security Adviser under Ronald Reagan, and was convicted of conspiracy,
lying to Congress, defrauding the government, and destroying evidence in the Iran Contra scandal.
What's the Information Awareness
Office (IAO)? It's a new office created by the Pentagon agency DARPA
after 9/11 to gather intelligence through electronic sources like the
internet, phone, and fax lines. 
John Poindexter get the job?
He was the Vice President of Syntek
Technologies, a government contractor. Syntek
and Poindexter worked for years with DARPA to
develop Genoa, a surveillance device that's a
combination cutting-edge search engine, sophisticated
information harvesting program", and a
"peer-to-peer" file sharing system. Kind of
a military-grade Google/Napster for use in instant analysis
of electronic data. 
Iran-Contra all about?
was holding American hostages. President Reagan said we
would not negotiate with terrorists. At the same time,
the CIA wanted to support a rebel army in the overthrow of the
Nicaraguan government. Congress said no.
Poindexter, along with Oliver North and many others, went
behind President Reagan's back (supposedly) and sold weapons
to the Iranians (illegally), then took the money they made and
funneled it to the brutal "Contra" army that they
built in Central America (also illegally). See
Poindexter isn't the only Iran-Contra conspirator to
be appointed to a high-level position. Click
here to read about more Iran-Contra figures who now
hold top government posts.
Why didn't I hear
about his appointment on the news?
Very few newspapers and virtually no TV stations announced Poindexter's
appointment. Apparently they didn't consider it
seems fishy; what can I do?
lawmakers and tell them how you feel
about the appointment of John
Poindexter. Ask the media, too,
to give more coverage to this and