(Threat and Local Observation Notice), is a database
maintained by the Air Force
after the September 11th terrorist attacks
. It was authorised for creation in 2002 by Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz
, in order to collect and evaluate information about possible threats to U.S. servicemembers and civilian workers in the US and at overseas military installations. The database included lists of anti-war
groups and people who have attended anti-war rallies. TALON reports are collected by various US Defense Department
agencies including law enforcement, intelligence, counterintelligence and security, and are analyzed by a Pentagon agency, the Counterintelligence Field Activity
. CIFA has existed since 2004, and its size and budget are secret.
On August 21, 2007, the US Defense Department announced that it would shut down the database, as the database had been criticized for gathering information on peace activists and other political activists who posed no credible threat, but who had been one topic of this database due to their political views. The department is working on a new system which would replace TALON, but for the time being, information on force protection threats will be handled by the FBI’s Guardian reporting system.