After September 11, 2001, there was a lot of criticism of the intelligence community for failing to "connect the dots." Many articles appeared pointing out the shortcomings of the FBI databases and the need for data mining.

In addition to addressing problems at the FBI, there are many programs the government is trying to put in place that involve data mining. The Transportation Security Agency wants to improve its ability to detect terrorists. Recently, there has been much written about a controversial government initiative: Total Information Awareness, or TIA. This is a Department of Defense research program in the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency designed to detect and stop foreign terrorist activities. One of the goals of TIA was reputed to be unifying all transaction databases and using data mining to find suspected terrorists.

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