Showing posts with label Underwear Bomber. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Underwear Bomber. Show all posts

Friday, March 23, 2012

Attorney General Holder Enlarges Citizen Data Collection



The New York Times is reporting that  Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Thursday signed new guidelines for the National Counterterrorism Center, a terrorism threat clearinghouse. 

The guidelines will lengthen to five years from the current 6 months the amount of time the center can retain private information about Americans with no suspicion of being tied to terrorism. 

The center is making more copies of entire databases and “data mining them” using complex algorithms to search for patterns that could indicate a threat.  

They claim the new rules have grew out of reviews launched after the failure to connect the dots about Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the “underwear bomber,” before his Dec. 25, 2009, attempt to bomb a Detroit-bound airliner.