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 July 2, 2009  Posted by  Govt, Online, Surveillance, U.S.

The Obama administration will proceed with a Bush-era plan to use National Security Agency assistance in screening government computer traffic on private-sector networks, with AT&T as the likely test site, according to three current and former government officials.

President Obama said in May that government efforts to protect computer systems from attack would not involve “monitoring private sector networks or Internet traffic” and Department of Homeland Security officials say that the new program will only scrutinize data going to or from government systems.

But the program has provoked debate within DHS, the current and former officials said, because of uncertainty over whether private data can be shielded from unauthorized scrutiny, how much of a role NSA should play and whether the agency’s involvement in warrantless wiretapping under the Bush administration would draw controversy.

Read more on The Washington Post.

Update July 3: Siobhan Gorman of The Wall Street Journal has more on the Einstein 3 progam, as does the AP.

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