ACLU Factsheet on Information Collection at the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC)

 

ACLU Factsheet on Information Collection at the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC)

On March 23, 2012, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence announced wide-ranging changes to the information collection practices of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). The new NCTC Guidelines sweep away decades-long protections by allowing the military and intelligence agencies to target innocent Americans for collection.

Under the previous guidelines from 2008, the collection of non-terrorism related information about Americans was treated as a mistake, which NCTC had to identify and correct by purging such information from its databases within 180 days.

Under the 2012 guidelines, NCTC can now collect, retain, and continually assess non- terrorism information on innocent Americans for up to five years.

NCTC can now target any government database for bulk collection and keep all the information stored in it by asserting it is likely to contain “significant” terrorism information. 

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