Democracy Now: New Rules Allow Intel Officials to Retain Info on U.S. Citizens

The U.S. Department of Justice has extended the authorized time period for government intelligence agencies to retain information about U.S. citizens, even those without known connection to terrorism cases. The Washington Post reports the changes will allow the National Counterterrorism Center to keep the information for up to five years. The guideline marks a sharp departure from the current rule, which bars intelligence officials from keeping information on U.S. citizens or residents, unless there’s a clear link to terrorism.

~ by wheresthemic on March 23, 2012.

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