Federal, state and local cops are huddling together in domestic intelligence dens around the nation to fuse anti-terror information and tips in ways they never have before, and they want the American people to know about it -- sort of.
The dominant catchphrase from the officials was that the centers need to focus on "all threats, all hazards." Officials say the centers must look at even the most mundane crimes, since they can be used to fund terrorism.
Total surveillance, justified by the threat of terrorism, but applied in absolutely every context.
The fusion centers have subscriptions to private information-broker services that keep records about Americans' locations, financial holdings, associates, relatives, firearms licenses and the like.
Pennsylvania buys credit reports and uses face-recognition software to examine driver's license photos, while analysts in Rhode Island have access to car-rental databases. In Maryland, authorities rely on a little-known data broker called Entersect, which claims it maintains 12 billion records about 98 percent of Americans.
"There is never ever enough information when it comes to terrorism" said Maj. Steven G. O'Donnell, deputy superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police. "That's what post-9/11 is about."
Which is exactly WHY I'm moving back to a cash only lifestyle. I'm not a terrorist, and I don't like being treated like one.
The sad part of all of this is that I've served my country, as a patriot, and I'm also being watched, no differently than anyone else.
What's worse, is that I work in Information Security, and see what "passes" as secured data. Just go look at the leaks of personal information. It's sickening. No one is watching the private companies to determine if their data is valid, secure, or accurate. Of course, since the Government cannot have a database of information on it's constituents, they simply found the best loophole of our present age... They Outsourced it to the "lowest bidder"... who in this case, is the only bidder. But that's a different story...
I won't mention their name, because they might threaten to sue me again... fuckers.
RE: Feds Tout New Domestic Intelligence Centers | Threat Level from Wired.com