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WAR: 257 Million Pre 9/11 Travel Records Kept by FBI

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posted on Jan, 16 2005 @ 10:10 AM
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The FBI has maintained up to 257.5 million travel records from the four month period prior to 9/11. Additionally the FBI obtained and held onto another 82.1 million passenger manifests covering the period from January through September 2001.
 



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WASHINGTON (AP) - If you're among the millions of Americans who took airline flights in the months before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the FBI probably knows about it - and possibly where you stayed, whom you traveled with, what credit card you used and even whether you ordered a kosher meal.

The bureau is keeping 257.5 million records on people who flew on commercial airlines from June through September 2001 in its permanent investigative database, according to information obtained by a privacy group and made available to The Associated Press.

The data are called passenger name records, or PNR, and can include a variety of information such as credit card numbers, travel itineraries, addresses, telephone numbers and meal requests.

David Hardy, the FBI's chief of the record/information dissemination section of the records management division, said in a legal document dated Jan. 5 that the data were being stored and combined with other information from the Sept. 11 investigation, dubbed PENTTBOMB.


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The FBI's initial check and subsequent mining of these airline database's were understandable in the year after 9/11 in relation to that investigation. Now with the merging of these four year old travel records into a new database called PENTTBOMB privacy concerns about use of the information have been raised.

Basically the FBI infers a "Trust Us" attitude about this database, this coming from an agency that in past years has abused the public trust in its use of collected information on American citizens.

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posted on Jan, 16 2005 @ 11:07 AM
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If the FBI is holding all of the files it shows that they are doing their jobs. Its not a matter of privacy.



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