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Should the government need a reason to keep tabs on citizens, or should it be at their whim?

Attorney General Secretly Granted Gov. Ability to Develop and Store Dossiers on Innocent Americans

In a secret government agreement granted without approval or debate from lawmakers, the U.S. attorney general recently gave the National Counterterrorism Center sweeping new powers to store dossiers on U.S. citizens, even if they are not suspected of a crime, according to a news report.


Earlier this year, Attorney General Eric Holder granted the center the ability to copy entire government databases holding information on flight records, casino-employee lists, the names of Americans hosting foreign-exchange students and other data, and to store it for up to five years, even without suspicion that someone in the database has committed a crime, according to the Wall Street Journal, which broke the story.

Whereas previously the law prohibited the center from storing data compilations on U.S. citizens unless they were suspected of terrorist activity or were relevant to an ongoing terrorism investigation, the new powers give the center the ability to not only collect and store vast databases of information but also to trawl through and analyze it for suspicious patterns of behavior in order to uncover activity that could launch an investigation.

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Shouldn't this have been something that our representatives debated and voted on?  Do you see this as an overreach and if not, would you feel the same if a different party were in power?


Asked by QuinnMae at 9:45 PM on Dec. 15, 2012 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I don't care WHO is in power, this is an outrageous overreach. This should have been debated in Congress, but I have noticed that not much gets that treatment these days. I believe that many members of this current admin need to be brought up on charges.

    Answer by 29again at 11:34 PM on Dec. 15, 2012

  • In America, there shouldn't be any dossiers on legal citizens. Illegals, and people on visas need to be kept track of. Kick the illegals out ASAP, keep close tabs on the ones here legally but on visas, and leave law abiding legal citizens alone. You notice I said "legal citizens". That means you were born here, OR you can legally and became a naturalized citizen. People really don't mind legal immigrants at all.

    Answer by jesse123456 at 10:57 PM on Dec. 15, 2012

  • Hmmm maybe that flu shot conspiracy has something to govt probably always kept tabs on everyone. Hell all they have to do is check FB every now and then.

    Answer by Michigan-Mom74 at 11:56 PM on Dec. 15, 2012