CONFIRMED: US Counterterrorism Agency Can Amass Data On Any Citizen
Dec. 13, 2012
As of March 2012, the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) can copy and examine entire government databases to predict possible criminal behavior of any U.S. citizen, Julia Angwin of The Wall Street Journal reports.
Previously the agency didn’t have the authority to keep data about unsuspected Americans or to analyze it for suspicious patterns of behavior.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials resisted the enactment of what amounts to an unprecedented domestic surveillance dragnet, but in the end the overarching desire to combat terrorism won out over the privacy of U.S. citizens.