Letter to the Editor
Your June 12 article, "GSA fleshes out intrusion net plan," states that
the Federal Information Detection Network (FIDNet) "first caught the attention
of the non-vendor community last July when a newspaper erroneously reported
that the program would monitor both federal and private-sector networks."
Based on information I had at the time and details I have learned since
this story was first reported last year, I am confident that the original
intent of FIDNet, as described in a leaked copy of the draft National Infrastructure
Assurance plan, was to collect information from both the government and
the private sector, with the latter providing information via private-sector
information sharing and analysis centers.
Internet surveillance information from both sources would have been collected
and fused by a central repository at the General Services Administration
and forwarded as required to the FBI. This much was admitted to by a senior
White House source.
I believe I was the first person to report on the wide surveillance aspects
of FIDNet for the Paris-based Intelligence newsletter. This was subsequently
reported by The New York Times. I continue to stand by my original story.
Electronic Privacy Information Center