Feds Building Database on People Acting Suspiciously

The Washington Post has an ominous report on a huge domestic intelligence database being built by the feds and shared with state and local law enforcement.

The system, by far 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.

The government's goal is to have every state and local law enforcement agency in the country feed information to Washington to buttress the work of the FBI, which is in charge of terrorism investigations in the United States.

The Post dubs it Top Secret America and shows how it plays out state by state. Check your state out here.

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    If you're going to do it, do it (Or)well (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by Dadler on Tue Dec 21, 2010 at 08:20:33 PM EST
    Truly sickening. It is only a matter of time, and my guess is a short amount of it, before more people begin to be questioned and detained in a much broader fashion and for a much wider range of things. We'll all know someone who's been questioned will become the new mantra.

    Only thousands? Think Millions of citizens. (none / 0) (#2)
    by Mr Natural on Tue Dec 21, 2010 at 11:52:21 PM EST
    There's always room for more in Big Bro'bama's databases.

    Gee, I wonder if it's any (none / 0) (#3)
    by Anne on Wed Dec 22, 2010 at 07:09:04 AM EST
    coincidence that Obama's getting ready to executive-order an indefinite detention program...why it could even be just what's needed to quash any possibility of citizen protest!  What a masterful stroke of genius, eh?  We, as Democrats, should just be so, so proud, don't you think?

    And I seriously can't wait for the comments trying to convince me that this is proof of a massive leftward shift - if I look at it from 1,000 yards - instead of the authoritarian seizure of power that it actually is.

    Leftward shift, Rightward shift (none / 0) (#4)
    by republicratitarian on Wed Dec 22, 2010 at 08:03:24 AM EST
    The authoritarian seizure of power keeps smacking us from both sides. It doesn't seem to matter who is in the White House or who is in control of Congress.

    Neither were the 9/11 terrorists (none / 0) (#5)
    by diogenes on Wed Dec 22, 2010 at 09:42:21 PM EST
    "thousands of U.S. citizens and residents, many of whom have not been accused of any wrongdoing."

    It's kind of late to gather information on potential terrorists only after they have been accused of committing acts of terrorism, no?