US counterterrorism agency will store data on innocent Americans to look for future crimes


With new surveillance technologies and evidence of a nationwide NSA wiretapping program, it’s already difficult enough for the average person to stay out of the ever-expanding crosshairs of the United States’ counterterrorism operations. Now a Wall Street Journal investigation has unsealed records from the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) which reveal a list of expanded guidelines allowing that agency to collect and retain records on millions of American citizens — even those not suspected of committing any crime.

The documents, which were unsealed by a Freedom of Information Act request by the Wall Street Journal, show revisions to the NCTC’s 2008 guidelines made in March of this year, which dramatically expanded the agency’s…

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