Glenn Greenwald has written an excellent article on the U.S. Surveillance State. My favorite part:
"Strangely, back in 2002 - when hysteria over the 9/11 attacks (and thus acquiescence to government power) was at its peak - the Pentagon's attempt to implement what it called the "Total Information Awareness" program (TIA) sparked so much public controversy that it had to be official scrapped. But it has been incrementally re-instituted - without the creepy (though honest) name and all-seeing-eye logo - with little controversy or even notice.
HT: Debunking the Debunkers.
UPDATE: There really was an Information Awareness Office, and they really did use that creepy logo.