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Do the Feds know what’s in YOUR stocking?

Big Brother is watching, and you might not even realize that you are the one being watched!  A recent story on revealed that:  “Federal law enforcement agencies have been tracking Americans in real-time using credit cards, loyalty cards and travel reservations” without the subscriber ever finding out – when the administrative subpoena is served with a Court Order for Non-Disclosure.  

That’s right: the government is keeping tabs on your credit card purchases.

Under this Department of Justice program called “Hot Watch,” federal agents can request “real-time information on a person’s purchases, followed up by an order from a judge that the surveillance not be disclosed.”  The non-disclosure aspect of the order effectively prevents the person whose information is being subpoenaed from ever finding out.  The program means that federal agents have unfettered access to purchases made using forms of payment other than cash. 

This is troubling on many fronts because these administrative subpoenas—advocated as the “preferred method”— function as a judicial rubber stamp for warrantless searches.  How can innocent people who have been subjected to such a search find out that their privacy has been compromised?  What is to prevent an officer who requests the Hot Watch information from doing so, say, to keep tabs on a former lover or ex-spouse? And how many innocuous activities or purchases are being scrutinized—wasting law enforcement resources on useless intelligence?

The Washington Post’s current “Top Secret America” series does a good job of explaining this new “alternative geography,” essentially a parallel world that is filled with surveillance monitoring capabilities.

Learn more about the ACLU’s work on domestic intelligence gathering.  

Is this a Terrorist Organization?

Tennessee Fusion Center Puts ACLU On Terror List

Kurt Nimmo
Friday, December 24, 2010
On Thursday, we reported on a Florida fusion center snooping on Ron Paul and Campaign for Liberty. Now we discover that a fusion center in Tennessee has put the ACLU on a terror list.

The Tennessee fusion center is part of the Tennessee Office of Homeland Security and received its funding from the feds and the people of Tennessee.
On Wednesday, the Chattanooga Free Press reported that Tennessee antiterrorism officials placed the legislative lobbying organization on an internet map detailing “terrorism events and other suspicious activity” after the group warned schools to ensure holiday celebrations “are inclusive.”
Regardless of what you may think of the ACLU’s agenda, the inclusion of the organization on a map of supposed terrorist threats is disturbing. It demonstrates that the government considers political activism on both sides of the false right-left paradigm a threat to its monopoly on power.
The Tennessee fusion center is part of the expanding homeland security apparatus. It was created with the assistance of the DHS and the Tennessee legislature. The feds provided $500,000 for the project and Tennessee taxpayers contributed over a million dollars.
Tennessee’s fusion center follows a national trend. Originally established under the rubric of fighting terrorism, fusion centers around the country are now used for local crime, including gang activity, missing children, medical fraud, narcotics trafficking, and “other crimes.”
Shortly after the first fusion centers were established, reports Government Computer News, federal and state officials realized two things. First, the fusion concept could extend beyond counterterrorism. And second, federal grants were a powerful force in shaping fusion centers.
Tennessee, however, promotes its fusion center as an effort to combat terrorism. “The Tennessee Fusion Center (TFC) is a team effort of local, state and federal law enforcement, in cooperation with the citizens of the State of Tennessee, for the timely receipt, analysis and dissemination of terrorism information and criminal activity relating to Tennessee,” explains the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

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