While Americans were sleeping – figuratively, not literally – our government enacted rules that allow them to keep files on Americans not even suspected of doing anything illegal.
The Wall St. Journal discovered that “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.”
Julia Angwin writes “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.”
A week later Attorney General Eric Holder signed on and made it legal.
“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.”
Not only that, but our government can give the information to foreign governments! John Brennan, by the way, who is up for the post of CIA director, was all in on it.
Everyone wasn’t on board as Ms. Angwin reports in the full story, available here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324478304578171623040640006.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_LEFTTopStories.