"U.S. Terrorism Agency to Tap a Vast Database of Citizens"

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mjolnir
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http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB1000142412788732447830457817162304...

Eric "J. Edgar" Holder strikes again:

"The rules now allow the little-known National Counterterrorism Center to examine the government files of U.S. citizens for possible criminal behavior, even if there is no reason to suspect them. That is a departure from past practice, which barred the agency from storing information about ordinary Americans unless a person was a terror suspect or related to an investigation.

Now, NCTC 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. Previously, both were prohibited. Data about Americans "reasonably believed to constitute terrorism information" may be permanently retained."

 

 

 

 

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micahjr34
The potential and deliberate

The potential and deliberate invasion of privacy in this country is bound to make the suicidal/violent mentally ill fear getting help more, not less.  When a person fears that people could be out to "get them," privacy invasion is the last thing you should do to them.  As a person with severe mental illness myself, I know that these actions are designed to help prevent terrorism/crime, still there is a part of me that finds it very disturbing.

mjolnir
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We should all be concerned

We should all be concerned Micah. Both sides are infringing on our privacy. 

.ren
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Seems like no matter who we

Seems like no matter who we vote for they'll get caught up in the elite's genocidal mentality of terror in Washington DC.  Reminds me of the McCarthy pinko scare era only on a much vaster scale.  Genocide in this case is being aimed like a nuclear bomb at the 99 percent of us in the name of getting those terrorists hiding under the beds right there in our very own homes.  They seem to believe that enough of us are now programmed to accept that a little collateral damage is going to occur in this war, so they act as if they can get away with this sort of crowd control activity.  So if voting for these delusionary elites, like Holder, is only going to make things worse for us, what isn't?  Maybe Elizabeth Warren will save us.

doh1304
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Rationalization - "terrorism"

Rationalization - "terrorism" is just a lie in this case - they're looking for OWS activists.

polycarp2
Well, since the National

Well, since the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 defines nearly the entire population as terrorist suspects, it's only logical that government would keep tabs on them.

Fighting a war on terror and dealing with nearly 350 million American terrorist suspects is no easy task.

Retired Monk - "Ideology is a disease"