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The FBI is assembling a massive database on thousands of Americans, many of whom have not been accused of any crime, the Washington Post's Dana Priest and William Arkin report. The reporters' latest look at the country's ballooning national security system focuses on the role that local agencies -- often staffed by people with little to no counter-terrorism training -- have played in combating terrorism since 2001
1. The FBI's Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative currently contains 161,948 suspicious activity files, into which authorities can put information they've gathered about the people at the center of the files: employment history, financial documents, phone numbers, photos. In many cases, the people in the files have not been accused of any crime but have attracted the suspicions of a local cop, FBI agent or even fellow citizen. The files have led to five arrests but no convictions, the FBI says. Some of the files are unclassified so that local police agencies and even businesses can submit reports on anyone they deem suspicious.
self-styled experts with fairly extreme views on the scope of the Muslim terrorist threat are asked to come in and train local authorities
Virginia's fusion center named historically black colleges as a "potential" terrorism hub
This is a surprise?!? * It took General Motors 5 years to get a court order getting the Federal Government out of their On-Star program... * The first 5 years of On-Star, was connected to a Federal Data Base. The Fed figured that people, feel private and alone in their cars, so they would feel free to say stuf they would never say anywhere else... so the Fed listened in... * GM immediately took it to court but with Federal delay tactics, it took 5 years..