Obama and Holder Remove Restrictions on Gathering and Keeping Data about All AmericansMarch 26, 2012
Source: All Gov. The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say) (by James Bamford, Wired)
Even as the Obama administration goes full speed ahead on its version of the Bush administration’s supposedly defunct “total information awareness” program by building a massive complex in the Utah desert that will intercept, analyze and store communications from around the world, including the U.S., last week it approved guidelines allowing the government to retain private information about U.S. residents for up to five years–even if they have no known connection to terrorism. Previously, the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) had 180 days to destroy any information about U.S. citizens or residents unless a connection to terrorism was evident. The NCTC, established by the 2004 Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act, collects data from many agencies and maintains access to about 30 data sets across the government.
The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say) (by James Bamford, Wired)