This is a great day for the paranoid. Attorney General Eric Holder today approved federal agencies retaining the info they vacuum up on innocent Americans. Your dossier just got thicker. Or perhaps the only real “change” is that the government is admitting what it has long been doing.
From the New York Times article on this:
The guidelines will lengthen to five years — from 180 days — the center’s ability to retain private information about Americans when there is no suspicion that they are tied to terrorism, intelligence officials said. The guidelines are also expected to result in the center making more copies of entire databases and “data-mining them” — using complex algorithms to search for patterns that could indicate a threat — than it currently does.
The changes, described by senior intelligence officials on Thursday, are intended to allow analysts to more quickly identify suspicious people and activities. But they are also likely to set off concerns about Americans’ privacy.
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