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31 January 2004

It certainly sounds like Big Brother to me, a paranoia that government wants to know what all the people are doing because government knows best

Utah residents enter the MATRIX.
It sounds like a sci-fi thriller: a super computer program that gathers dossiers on every single man, woman and child everything from birth and marriage and divorce history to hunting licenses and car license plates. Even every address you have lived at down to the color of your hair.

It sounds surreal, but former Gov. Mike Leavitt signed Utah's 2.4 million residents up for a pilot program ironically called MATRIX that does just that. And he never bothered to reveal details of the program to Utah citizens or to state lawmakers who, upon learning of the program on Capitol Hill this week, are now worried the state could be involved in a program that jeopardizes basic civil liberties.

Here's an article on Georgia rejecting the MATRIX and the MATRIX homepage is here.