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NCTC Defends Data Retention Extension

SURVEILLANCE—U.S.

March 27, 2012

In a report for PBS Newshour, Margaret Warner interviews the first director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), Michael Leiter, and author James Bamford about new guidelines set forth by the Obama administration increasing the length of time the center can retain data on U.S. residents from six months to five years. Leiter said that information collected "would be considered private," but added, "It is only information that is lawfully collected, either by the FBI or Department of Homeland Security, and these new guidelines simply allow NCTC, that already had access to that information, to retain this information for a longer period of time." Bradford expressed concern that the government is collecting too much information about its citizens. The government "isn't able to find the terrorists," Bradford said, "because there's too much information, not too little information."
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