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Posted by on Dec 14, 2012 in Freedom of expression |

United States: uncover a massive surveillance program to citizens

United States: uncover a massive surveillance program to citizens

This is confirmed by the Wall Street Journal, a program that violates the civil liberties of citizens under the name of National Counterterrorism Center. A program designed to allow authorities to store and manage large sets of data on citizens .

Apparently, after some internal discussions on privacy and civil liberties, the Justice Department gave the green light to this program. The NCTC guidelines allow, for the first time, to maintain data about any U.S. citizen for at least five years.

All through a program based on the “pattern prediction” to analyze suspicious patterns of behavior. An effort to combat terrorism which will give the program the ability to:

The government has access to all databases registered flights, lists of employees in shops, casinos, American names hosting foreign exchange students and follow a long list of all kinds.

According to WSJ, these stored data can also be delivered to foreign governments for analysis, presumably so that they too can try to determine and anticipate future criminal or terrorist actions.

A project that is reminiscent of the so-called Total Information Awareness initiative, devised a model after 11-S by DARPA to investigate through a database control on public and private system. Finally in 2003 the initiative stalled by lack of funds and protests by civil liberties that coartaban.

As the paper explains, these radicals surveillance efforts also pose many difficulties for the authorities during an investigation. The saturation of large amounts of information, trying to find an excess of the same, leading to situations where innocent citizens can judge as suspect:

There is a risk that innocent behavior is poorly understood, for example, some chemicals purchased by a man for a science fair with a timer for the sprinkler would trigger false alarms.

Anyway, it seems that it is more important to detect possible future threats that the very freedoms of citizens.

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