Additionally, a recent Pentagon inspector-general report found irregularities and unanswered questions about how Talon purged information on American citizens deemed not to pose a security threat. Notably, DOD announced today that the agency overseeing Talon, known as the Counterintelligence Field Activity (CIFA), will "maintain a record copy of the collected data in accordance with intelligence oversight requirements." In other words, CIFA will keep records both of what Talon possesses and what information it deleted, in order to demonstrate that it wasn't covering up for improper or illegal intelligence collection.
CIFA has a reputation as a hive of corruption. Thanks to corrupt congressman Duke Cunningham, CIFA channeled millions of dollars in contracts to MZM, whose chief, Mitchell Wade, bribed Cunningham and larded CIFA with his cronies.
According to the Pentagon, the assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense, Pete Verga, will come up with an alternative program "to document and assess potential threats to DoD resources." It remains to be seen whether Talon will essentially live on under a different name.