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See Homeland Security At Work

January 10th, 2009 12:32 pm | by Ed |

According to an interesting article on Newsweek, not only can you get a look at the information that DHS has on you, you might be surprised at how much they have, how far back they go and how long they plan to retain that information.

Now according to all that they (DHS) claim, this is supposedly restricted to information about international travels, so as long as you don't cross an international boundary, they don't have records of which Outer Banks rentals you've spent the most of your vacation time at or what resorts you like to frequent. Personally I wouldn't be surprised at all to find out that they've got lots of this data as well.

The Newsweek reporter submitted a freedom of information act request for the information that they had on his international travels and such. There was a lot more than a lot of people would have expected. Right down to his itinerary, layovers, plane changes, airports he passed through, even the IP address of the computer used to make his reservations.

I'd like to wonder out loud "when will somebody wake up and end this nonsense?", but I know better. The day is coming, if it isn't already here, when there will be precious few things that DON'T make it into a DHS Dossier. And of course, anytime anyone questions the practice of essentially spying on everybody, they give the stock answer about how they need all this massively invasive data gathering to help protect us from terrorists and child pornographers.

For the record, I think that answer is full of shit.

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