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  1. GHP

    GHP New Member Banned User

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    US Intelligence to keep tabs on Americans with no ties to terror

    Published March 22, 2012 | Associated Press :cheer: :cheer:

    The U.S. intelligence community will be able to store information about Americans with no ties to terrorism for up to five years under new Obama administration guidelines.

    Until now, the National Counterterrorism Center had to destroy immediately information about Americans that already was stored in other government databases when there were no clear ties to terrorism.

    Giving the NCTC expanded record-retention authority had been urged by members of Congress, who said the intelligence community did not connect strands of intelligence held by multiple agencies leading up to a failed bombing attempt on a U.S.-bound airliner on Christmas 2009.

    "Following the failed terrorist attack in December 2009, representatives of the counterterrorism community concluded it is vital for NCTC to be provided with a variety of datasets from various agencies that contain terrorism information," Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in a statement late Thursday. "The ability to search against these datasets for up to five years on a continuing basis as these updated guidelines permit will enable NCTC to accomplish its mission more practically and effectively."

    The new rules replace guidelines issued in 2008 and have privacy advocates concerned about the potential for data-mining information on innocent Americans.

    "It is a vast expansion of the government's surveillance authority," Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said of the five-year retention period.

    The government put in strong safeguards at the NCTC for the data that would be collected on U.S. citizens for intelligence purposes, Rotenberg said. These new guidelines undercut the Federal Privacy Act, he said.

    "The fact that this data can be retained for five years on U.S. citizens for whom there's no evidence of criminal conduct is very disturbing," Rotenberg said.

    "Total Information Awareness appears to be reconstructing itself," he said, referring to the Defense Department's data-mining research program that began after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks but was stopped in 2003 because of privacy concerns.

    The Washington Post first reported the new rules Thursday.

    The Obama administration said the new rules come with strong safeguards for privacy and civil liberties as well. Before the NCTC may obtain data held by another government agency, there is a high-level review to assure that the data are "likely to contain significant terrorism information," Alexander Joel, the civil liberties protection officer at the national intelligence directorate, said in a news release Thursday.

    The NCTC was created after the Sept. 11 attacks to be the central U.S. organization to analyze and integrate intelligence regarding terrorism.
     
  2. gilaet

    gilaet Xanax Service Dog Staff Member

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    J. Edgar Hoover approves.
     
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    dawg In The Dog House Staff Member

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    nazdrowie Sultan of Sweat Gold

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    HAL HAM

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    Shouldn't you be focused on the dance queen thing?
     
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    chapped Well-Known Member

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    :ral:
     
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    Did not read.....not american :cheer:
     
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    Shine 2012 rookie of the year VIP

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    :weird::weird:
     
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    GHP New Member Banned User

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    April 6th be there or be square :ghp:
     
  10. HAL

    HAL HAM

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    :c
     
  11. Phil McKrakin

    Phil McKrakin AKA Howie POTY The Bar VIP

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    USA USA USA!!!!!!!!! :woot:
     
  12. Smell Muhfinger

    Smell Muhfinger "is just really nice?"

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    Yay for the government protecting us so good!! :c
     
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    beatlejaws nowhere poster

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    i'll be watching Los Lobos......an american band
     
  14. GHP

    GHP New Member Banned User

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    No doubt US Intelligence has this info stored in their database :)
     
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    GHP New Member Banned User

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    Seen them a bunch of times....LOVE it :D
     
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    jobbey Well-Known Member VIP

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    oh great!!! im fucked.
     
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    DrivenByDemons Spinoff Jesus Staff Member

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    simple passive optical splitters installed at AT&T in cali got them all the info they would ever need.
     
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    GHP New Member Banned User

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    Jobbey....Jobbey....oh yes here it is. Jacks off to Asian porn 3-5 times a day. Smokes marijuana. Has had numerous threesomes

    No ties to terrorists
     
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    babybear r.i.p 8/3/15, Wherewolf of AZ VIP

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    i don't trust anybody that comes in my bank,it's been robbed 3 times already.
     
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    Avery Well-Known Member Banned User

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    Under construction by contractors with top-secret clearances, the blandly named Utah Data Center is being built for the National Security Agency. A project of immense secrecy, it is the final piece in a complex puzzle assembled over the past decade. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of international, foreign, and domestic networks. The heavily fortified $2 billion center should be up and running in September 2013. Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital “pocket litter.” It is, in some measure, the realization of the “total information awareness” program created during the first term of the Bush administration—an effort that was killed by Congress in 2003 after it caused an outcry over its potential for invading Americans’ privacy.

    http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/all/1

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