The National Counterterrorism Center has been granted sweeping new authority to store and monitor massive datasets about innocent Americans.
The guidelines allow the NCTC, for the first time, to keep data about innocent U.S. citizens for up to five years, using “predictive pattern-matching,” to analyze it for suspicious patterns of behavior. The data the counterterrorism center has access to includes “entire government databases—flight records, casino-employee lists, the names of Americans hosting foreign-exchange students and many others.”
These changes also allow databases about U.S. civilians to be handed over to foreign governments for analysis.
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