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US Counterterrorism Agency Collects Data On Every US Citizen – Business Insider

December 19, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

As of March 2012, the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) can copy and examine entire government databases to predict possible criminal behavior of any U.S. citizen, Julia Angwin of The Wall Street Journal reports.

Previously the agency didn’t have the authority to keep data about unsuspected Americans or to analyze it for suspicious patterns of behavior.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials resisted the enactment of what amounts to an unprecedented domestic surveillance dragnet, but in the end the overarching desire to combat terrorism won out over the privacy of U.S. citizens.

Angwin details how Mary Ellen Callahan, chief privacy officer of the DHS, argued to the White House that the NCTC new authority would constitute a “sea change” because, whenever citizens interact with the government, the first question asked is now: “Are they a terrorist?”

via US Counterterrorism Agency Collects Data On Every US Citizen – Business Insider.

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