Want to read more? Subscribe Now or Sign In
Hide ( X )
  • THE CRIME REPORT - Your Complete Criminal Justice Resource

  • Investigative News Network
  • Welcome to the Crime Report. Today is

Articles

Feds Build Database On People Said To Be Acting Suspiciously

December 20, 2010 08:11:33 am
Comments (0)

Nine years after the terrorist attacks of 2001, the U.S. is assembling a vast domestic intelligence apparatus to collect information about Americans, using the FBI, local police, state homeland security offices, and military criminal investigators. The system, the largest and most technologically sophisticated in the nation's history, collects, stores, and analyzes information about thousands of U.S. citizens and residents, many of whom have not been accused of any wrongdoing.

A Post investigative report describes a web of 4,058 federal, state and local organizations, each with its own counterterrorism responsibilities and jurisdictions. At least 935 of these organizations have been created since the 2001 attacks or became involved in counterterrorism for the first time after 9/11. The FBI is building a database with the names and personal information, such as employment history, of thousands of U.S. citizens and residents whom a local police officer or a fellow citizen believed to be acting suspiciously. It is accessible to an increasing number of local law enforcement and military criminal investigators, increasing concerns that it could end up in the public domain. The Department of Homeland Security sends its state and local partners intelligence reports with little meaningful guidance, and state reports have sometimes inappropriately reported on lawful meetings.

« Article List
No Comments yet

TCR at a Glance

PREA at a Crossroads

special report August 26, 2015

Federal efforts to protect prisoners from sexual abuse are gaining traction, but advocates worry that DOJ acceptance of Texas’ term...

Hostages to the Storm

q & a August 24, 2015

A new book explores the police shooting of unarmed citizens on Danziger Bridge in New Orleans after Katrina—and the subsequent cove...

Who Built Prison America? Not Ted Kennedy

commentary August 20, 2015

As Congress considers bipartisan proposals to roll back harsh federal sentencing laws, scholars are examining the roots of these discredi...