March 22 2012
"The guidelines will lengthen to five years — from 180 days — the amount of time the center can retain private information about Americans when there is no suspicion that they are tied to terrorism, intelligence officials said. The guidelines are also expected to result in the center making more copies of entire databases and “data mining them” using complex algorithms to search for patterns that could indicate a threat..."
Majia here: The Security-Surveillance Complex is ever-growing.
Dana Priest and William Arkin of the Washington Post have documented this vast empire of private contractors and government organizations that monitor, assemble, and attempt to analyze vast amounts of data on Americans viewing habits, memberships, online activities, etc.
The story linked above expands government's ability to store and analyze data in the absence of due process.