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Originally posted by Frosty
American Gestapo? Huh, why aren't you getting very many post? You obviously don't know who the Gestapo was and exactly how they operated. So it is centralized? Our public education system has been centralized to a degree by the Department of Education and most people think that it (PE) has gone to sh!t because of it. It's not as if this bill will force the FBI, CIA, NSC, NSA to merge as one unit. What this means is more information goes to federal agencies so that when a "criminal's" background info is needed, they will not have to go from agency to agency.
"would expand federal law-enforcement powers and centralize information about private citizens in government databases."--Common Sense says, too much power for one agency/branch. (Information is Power)
Originally posted by TheBigD
If one centralized agency has access to all information on any citizen, then that means they have too much power. Information is power, if one agency is able to direct ALL the intelligence operations and security and information, then they simply have too much power. My thesis is that when one agency has that much power, therefore it in itself is a threat to democracy. Put somebody you know will follow your agenda and then you can control everyone, it drastic but it could happen with such a centralized intelligence warehouse.
Put someone in a position of power within that agency and you could have them dictating all kinds of policies that could adversly affect democracy. Does anyone understand the threat this poses?
We have had one attack by these terrorists, the WTC. I'd say the intelligence community has done pretty dam* good for the past 60 years.