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March 23, 2012

New NCTC guidelines for non-terrorism information

Thursday the Attorney-General signed out a 32 page document entitled: GUIDELINES FOR ACCESS, RETENTION, USE, AND DISSEMINATION BY THE NATIONAL COUNTERTERRORISM CENTER AND OTHER AGENCIES OF INFORMATION IN DATASETS CONTAINING NON-TERRORISM INFORMATION.

You can access the unclassified (thank goodness) document at the link embedded in the title.

The details deserve much more attention than I will have time to give until the weekend.  But previous limitations (see here and here) have clearly been softened.  The following paragraph from page 4 seemed to leap from the page:

These Guidelines permit NCTC to access and acquire United States person information for the purpose of determining whether the information is reasonably believed to constitute terrorism information and thus may be permanently retained, used, and disseminated. Any United States person information acquired must be reviewed for such purpose in accordance with the procedures below. Information is ’1″easonably believed to constitute terrorism information” if, based on the knowledge and experience ofcounterterrorism analysts as well as the factual and practical considerations of everyday life on which reasonable and prudent persons act, there are facts giving rise to a reasonable, articulable suspicion that the information is terrorism information.”

For your reading pleasure.

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1 Comment »

Comment by William R. Cumming

March 23, 2012 @ 7:17 am

John Poindexter and his TIA [Total Information Awareness] efforts live on. His conviction as part of the IRAN-Contra effort to subvert the Constitution was overturned on appealed. A comprehensive book on Iran-Contra is in preparation by a distinguished legal scholar. Like others in the REAGAN ADMINISTRATION John did not believe in the Constitution. Swore and oath he violated.

How soon we forget!

Beware well-meaning MEN without understanding.

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