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Opinion: Counterterrorism Guidelines Go Too Far


March 27, 2012

According to Andrew Rosenthal's blog post for The New York Times, government agencies have in the past responded to concerns over increasing surveillance tactics by saying if you've done nothing wrong, you have nothing to fear. Rosenthal calls this attitude "cold comfort" and goes on to express his disappointment in new guidelines for the National Counterterrorism Center signed last week increasing the center's ability to collect and retain data on Americans--including those without terrorist connections. The guidelines also mean the center can more easily replicate and analyze other agencies' databases. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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