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Glenn Greenwald: Obama moves to make the War on Terror permanent

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
Glenn Greenwald: Obama moves to make the War on Terror permanent
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/oct/24/obama-terrorism-kill-list?newsfeed=true
… the ACLU has long warned that the real purpose of the NCTC (National Counterterrorism Center) – despite its nominal focus on terrorism – is the “massive, secretive data collection and mining of trillions of points of data about most people in the United States”.

In particular, the NCTC operates a gigantic data-mining operation, in which all sorts of information about innocent Americans is systematically monitored, stored, and analyzed. This includes “records from law enforcement investigations, health information, employment history, travel and student records” – “literally anything the government collects would be fair game”. In other words, the NCTC – now vested with the power to determine the proper “disposition” of terrorist suspects – is the same agency that is at the center of the ubiquitous, unaccountable surveillance state aimed at American citizens.

Worse still, as the ACLU’s legislative counsel Chris Calabrese documented back in July in a must-read analysisObama officials very recently abolished safeguards on how this information can be used. Whereas the agency, during the Bush years, was barred from storing non-terrorist-related information about innocent Americans for more than 180 days – a limit which “meant that NCTC was dissuaded from collecting large databases filled with information on innocent Americans” – it is now free to do so. Obama officials eliminated this constraint by authorizing the NCTC “to collect and ‘continually assess’ information on innocent Americans for up to five years”.


Also, be sure to watch the 8 min video at the link below, that’s intro to a film in the making:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/23/opinion/the-national-security-agencys-domesticspying-program.html?_r=0
The video says the National Security Agency is building the country’s biggest data storage facility with the capacity to store 100 years’ worth of the world’s electronic communications. They can then do data-mining on these “legally” collected data, with software that automatically build complete profiles of everyone’s life, collected over time, precisely the kinds of things that the Gastapo, the KGB, and the Stazi would have loved to have on their citizens.