"The overall purpose of the [program] is our Government... feel[s] that they need to insure the Public Sector is doing all they can to secure Infrastructure critical to our National Security," said one internal Raytheon email, the text of which was seen by the WSJ. "Perfect Citizen is Big Brother."
"The program was supposedly just in the planning stages at that point and would include sensors in private computer networks which would only be activated by unusual activity and wouldn’t constitute persistent monitoring. However, when the WSJ gained access to internal emails from Raytheon Corp., the contractor awarded the secret contract worth up to $100 million according to sources familiar with Perfect Citizen, it was revealed that Raytheon didn’t see it as such. While the NSA has claimed that Perfect Citizen is nothing more than a research and development program when the program was first revealed, the newly released documents paint a different picture. “The documents obtained by EPIC suggest that the program is operational,” stated EPIC. Indeed, the documents seem to show a fully operational program even with the great deal of redaction in critical areas."