U.S. Government Launches Massive Surveillance Database

A recently discovered initiative by the National Counterterrorism Center will search millions of America's government files for criminal wrongdoing—even if they aren't under investigation.

The U.S. government has quietly launched a massive master database on American citizens, most of whom have no criminal records. According to the Wall Street Journal's Julia Angwin, a little-known government organization called the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) has begun to examine the government files of U.S. citizens for possible wrongdoing. Angwin claims the NCTC is searching disparate government databases for proof of possible criminal behavior by ordinary citizens, even if they are not suspected in any crimes. Despite the NCTC's name, the organization is searching for proof of ordinary crimes, as well as terrorism.

Lists being parsed by the NCTC include flight records, casino employee lists, and the names of Americans hosting foreign exchange students. All-seeing government databases are becoming an increasingly common part of everyday life; in recent months, New York's police department created a massive citywide surveillance system and the FBI announced a billion-dollar biometric database.

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  • davjohn

    Remember back in the '60s and '70s everyone thought the FBI had a massive collection of dossiers and files on tens of thousands of people? Well, it turns out to be true. Not only the FBI, but now the DHS has copies of all of them as well as foreign governments.

  • Benjamin Dover

    You got it.  Thank goodness that US government employees aren't exactly the brightest in the boxes.

  • Gladys Crump

    LOL well one thing for sure, if the govenment is as good at this as they are in everything else they try to do, no one has anything to worry about...LOL An instructor of mine who was a cop and worked for Special Ops. with the Feds once told our class...."  I have some good news and some bad news...the bad news is this....Yes Big Brother IS watching you....The good news is this....He's an idiot"....bout sums it up doesn't it?

  • terpsez108

    I really don't care what they know about me--I actually bait them---and post with even more vigor against the trash that thinks it rules over us and has a thumb on us---while they steal everything they can get their hands on