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Big Brother's Best Ally

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Though the toothpaste is out of the tube, I wonder if people generally grasp the enormity of the damage done. There is in existence an electronic database with over a half-billion records containing information collected via extrajudicial requests made in National Security Letters, the majority of which pertain to U.S. citizens. Your banking and credit activities, telephone and internet usage records, insurance policies, post office box rental, and car, boat and home ownership records could already be in the FBI's Investigative Data Warehouse. If so, no one need inform you. If the information is incorrect, there's no way to fix it. It is shared among 10,000 government employees at multiple agencies and is stored for 20 years even if you have no connection whatsoever to a crime. In fact, only 65 convictions correlated to information obtained by the FBI from over 143,000 NSL demands made from 2003 to 2005.

I love it when the BushBots ask me how the PATRIOT Act has harmed me. Isn't it bad enough they now believe they need to know everything about every citizen.


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Your banking and credit activities, telephone and internet usage records, insurance policies, post office box rental, and car, boat and home ownership records could already be in the FBI's Investigative Data Warehouse.

The FBI has shown, time and again, that they can't even put together a system that lets two FBI offices send messages to each other reliably. It really doesn't matter if that database is out there, if they can't even figure out how to use it. That "65 convictions" number ought to have been the first clue. If this database were that amazing, the convictions number would be in the thousands.

This "big brother" database is more like a kid sister who rides on the short bus.

Paul Hamilton:

But don't you agree that this is just plain WRONG on the principle of it?


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