ATF To Spy On Gun Owners Via “Massive” Database
Agency has record for attempting to circumvent the law
Paul Joseph Watson
April 8, 2013
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms is looking to build a huge “online data repository system” capable of spying on Americans and their associates via the use of just a few keywords, leading to concerns that the system will be deployed to track gun owners.
“Primarily, the ATF states it wants the database to speed-up criminal investigations. Instead of requiring an analyst to manually search around for your personal information, the database should “obtain exact matches from partial source data searches” such as social security numbers (or even just a fragment of one), vehicle serial codes, age range, “phonetic name spelling,” or a general area where your address is located. Input that data, and out comes your identity, while the computer automatically establishes connections you have with others,” reports Wired News.
The system is described by the agency as a “massive online data repository system that contains a wide variety of data sources both historically and current that can be utilized in support of investigations and backgrounds.”