December 15, 2012

National Counterterrorism Center: Holder Gives Order to Record your Online Activity

It's happening all around us.  Everything we do.  Everything we say.  All being stored, recorded, and Used----for our good use of course.  I mean what could possibly go wrong here with a little more information on innocent Americans?

Holder order gives feds access to citizens' data

From the Washington Times:
Holder order gives feds access to citizens' data
Attorney General Eric Holder Photo Credit:AP

Remember when government needed something called a warrant or even probable cause to look at your records?  Good times, good times.  I’m nostalgic for the halcyon days of, er, February of this year, before the Attorney General of the United States signed off on an order allowing the government to access pretty much everything it wanted in the name of counterterrorism.

The Wall Street Journal found out about the order and got a FOIA request to force its exposure: "Top U.S. intelligence officials gathered in the White House Situation Room in March to debate a controversial proposal. Counterterrorism officials wanted to create a government dragnet, sweeping up millions of records about U.S. citizens—even people suspected of no crime.…

The rules now allow the little-known National Counterterrorism Center … can copy entire government databases—flight records, casino-employee lists, the names of Americans hosting foreign-exchange students and many others. The agency has new authority to keep data about innocent U.S. citizens for up to five years, and to analyze it for suspicious patterns of behavior.

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