Here we go again… This time, the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) based in a modern complex in McLean, Virginia called Liberty Crossing, now has the green light to store information about Americans with no ties to terrorism for up to five years. That means, you.
The origins of what now is the NCTC, was established in 2003 under executive order and has access to databases from the CIA and NSA, as well as others.
While the mission of the NCTC is to leverage U.S. assets towards counterterrorism, the new rules replace guidelines issued in 2008 and have privacy advocates concerned about the potential for data-mining information on innocent Americans. On the heels of equally disturbing developments at the new NSA mega spy-center in Utah, the new NCTC guidelines just issued by the Obama administration “…is a vast expansion of the government’s surveillance authority” said Marc Rotenberg of the Electronic Privacy Information Center regarding the five-year retention period.
“The U.S. intelligence community will now be able to store information about Americans with no ties to terrorism for up to five years under new Obama administration guidelines. Until now, the National Counterterrorism Center had to immediately destroy information about Americans that was already stored in other government databases when there were no clear ties to terrorism.”
“The fact that this data can be retained for five years on U.S. citizens for whom there’s no evidence of criminal conduct is very disturbing,” “Total Information Awareness appears to be reconstructing itself,” Rotenberg said.
The privacy of American citizens has nearly completely eroded in just a few short years while most simply have no idea of what has happened or what is happening. Most of this is going unreported in the main-stream-media, who some say may be willing partners of collusion in the deception. Others are turning to alternative media outlets while searching for nuggets of truth, and are finding what often appears to be conspiracy. Some, no doubt is just that, while others, no doubt is actually truth. We live in uncertain times for sure.