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U.S. Terrorism Agency to Tap Vast Database of Citizens, Examine For Possible Criminal Beavior Even if NOT Suspected of A Crime!

 
Laura Bow
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U.S. Terrorism Agency to Tap Vast Database of Citizens, Examine For Possible Criminal Beavior Even if NOT Suspected of A Crime!
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.


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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.

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Under the new rules issued in March, the National Counterterrorism Center, known as NCTC, can obtain almost any database the government collects that it says is "reasonably believed" to contain "terrorism information." The list could potentially include almost any government database, from financial forms submitted by people seeking federally backed mortgages to the health records of people who sought treatment at Veterans Administration hospitals.

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Under the new rules, every federal agency must negotiate terms under which it would hand over databases to NCTC. This year, Ms. Callahan left Homeland Security for private practice, and Ms. Libin left the Justice Department to join a private firm.

Homeland Security is currently working out the details to give the NCTC three data sets—the airline-passenger database known as APIS; another airline-passenger database containing information about non-U.S. citizen visitors to the U.S.; and a database about people seeking refugee asylum. It previously agreed to share databases containing information about foreign-exchange students and visa applications.

Once the terms are set, Homeland Security is likely to post a notice in the Federal Register. The public can submit comments to the Federal Register about proposed changes, although Homeland Security isn't required to make changes based on the comments.


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Re: U.S. Terrorism Agency to Tap Vast Database of Citizens, Examine For Possible Criminal Beavior Even if NOT Suspected of A Crime!
The National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) was created to be a central clearinghouse for integrating and analyzing terrorism information. NCTC comprises people from its many partner agencies and is a center based on cooperation, collaboration, and partnership. The NCTC seal symbolizes this and, like the design of the great seal of the United States, represents a united center engaged in the global war on terrorism.

[link to www.nctc.gov]

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