After 9/11, the government’s authority to collect information on American citizens was greatly expanded. As a result, huge amounts of data exist on law-abiding citizens. What does the government do with all this data?
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said before a House panel that learning the intentions of foreign leaders is a key goal of U.S. spying agencies, contradicting Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman Diane Feinstein who called for an end to eavesdropping on leaders of countries allied with the U.S.
Rachel Levinson-Waldman discusses what the government does with Americans’ data and how the “fusion centers” established after 9/11 to fight terrorism quickly expanded their focus to all manner of criminal activity.