Or it will, by September 2013.
That’s when the most powerful electronic monitoring system ever developed will be online, and… monitoring. Everything that can be known about you will be stored and analyzed in a facility out in the middle of nowhere Utah.
Doesn’t that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside to know that everything you do will be tracked and monitored by an agency that almost no one knows anything about?
I bet that you feel really safe and protected right now.
Nat Hentoff sounds alarm over more citizens’ info going into databases for future tracking
by Nat Hentoff, 04/03/2012, WND
Not long before Dick Armey – a conservative Republican constitutionalist – retired as House majority leader, he gave a speech expressing his worry about the government’s increasing blanket surveillance over We the People. He practically begged President George W. Bush to “use these tools we have given you to make us safe in such a manner that’ll preserve our freedom” (my book, “The War on the Bill of Rights and the Gathering Resistance,” Seven Stories Press, 2003).
Bush’s response, alas, was to listen more and more to Vice President Dick Cheney.
And now for the first time in American history, according to the Government Accountability Project’s Jesselyn Radack, Attorney General Eric Holder has officially and publicly declared “new guidelines that permit the federal counterterrorism investigators to collect, search and store data about Americans who are not suspected of terrorism, or anything …
“According to the Justice Department, law enforcement and other national security agencies can copy entire databases and sift through the data for suspicious patterns to stop potential terrorist threats” (“Govt. Keeping Data on Americans With No Connection to Terrorism,” whistleblower.org, March 23).
Where in the Constitution do “suspicious patterns” – otherwise undefined and outside the jurisdiction of our courts – allow the government to put large and growing numbers of us into databases for future tracking?
Indeed, Radack writes, this gossamer of “information” is being stored “on Americans who are not even thinking about committing a crime.”
As of this writing, Mitt Romney appears very likely to be the Republicans’ choice to thwart President Barack Obama’s desire for a second term. Have you heard any objection from him on this purge of privacy?
And which government agency will lead in this final death sentence for the Fourth Amendment? Emerging from its customary deep secrecy is our nation’s (and probably the world’s) most immense spy center, the National Security Agency.
I became aware of the NSA when Sen. Frank Church, D-Idaho, was in charge of a Senate committee on intelligence activities in 1975. Church was fearfully startled when he came upon the agency, until then operating unknown to the great majority of Americans.
Church became frightened by the NSA’s mastery of privacy-piercing technology. As Newsweek later reported in the middle of Bush’s war on terror, this technology would eventually enable the agency to secretly work on “computer programs that could sift through vast amounts of information searching for patterns and connections” (“Full Speed Ahead,” Evan Thomas, Jan. 8, 2006).
Especially “suspicious patterns.”