Friday, March 23, 2012

The Orwellian Effect

The Washington Post reports:

“The Justice Department is close to approving guidelines that would allow the intelligence community to lengthen the period of time it retains information about U.S. residents, even if they have no known connection to terrorism.

Senior U.S. officials said the changes would allow the National Counterterrorism Center, the intelligence community’s clearinghouse for counterterrorism data, to keep such information for up to five years. Currently, the center must promptly destroy any information about U.S. citizens or residents unless a connection to terrorism is evident.”

It’s wrong. It’s unnecessary. It’s unconstitutional. The eroding of rights based on fear is foolish and foolhardy.

Will we ever learn?

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