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 http://www.darpa.mil/iao/(IAO)?
It's a new office created by the Pentagon agency DARPA http://www.darpa.mil/ after 9/11 to gather intelligence through electronic sources like the internet, phone, and fax lines. 
--Why did John Poindexter get the job?
He was the Vice President of Syntek Technologies http://www.syntek.org/overviewv2.htm 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. 
--What was Iran-Contra all about?
Iran 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.
So John 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 
Video clip of John Poindexter http://www.cnn.com/resources/video.almanac/1986/iran.contra/poindexter.mov taking the Fifth Amendment before Congress
From the CNN Video Almanac http://www.cnn.com/resources/video.almanac/1986/index2.html#iran.contra QuickTime 1.4M
Read some of the Ollie North / John Poindexter emails http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/cold.war/episodes/18/archive/ that they unsuccessfully tried to destroy
From CNN Interactive
John Poindexter isn't the only Iran-Contra conspirator to be appointed to a high-level position.
Read about more Iran-Contra alumnus who now hold top government posts here http://www.fair.org/extra/0109/iran-contra.html
--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 "newsworthy".
--Something seems fishy; what can I do?
Contact your lawmakers and tell them how you feel about the appointment of John Poindexter. Ask the media, too, to give more coverage to this and other appointments.
James A. Baker http://www.hereinreality.com/baker.html
How did someone with an intelligence job in the Justice Department end up watching the events of 9-11 with the Bin Ladens?
Frank Carlucci http://www.hereinreality.com/news/rand.html
His Think Tank job helps rake in war profits. Strangely enough, he also watched the 9-11 attacks with the Bin Ladens.
more Reading and Viewing:
Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion
by Gary Webb
COVERUP: Behind the Iran-Contra Affair
Executive Summary of the Walsh Report
Official findings of the Independent Counsel investigations
New York Times
Iran Payment Is Found Diverted to the Contras; Two Reagan Men Are Out
Iran-Contra White House Email
No More Mr. Scrupulous Guy:
How one of the two brains behind the Iran-Contra scandal this week became one of America's most powerful men
Can Cyber-Intelligence Prevent Real-World Terrorism?
New York Times
Chief Takes Over New Agency to Thwart Attacks on U.S.
link to www.nytimes.com