Skip to main content

The way the Obama Administration has protected the Civil Liberties of American Citizens while balancing the need to protect the country from outside threats is not a mystery. It isn't that hard to find either. It is on the internet in a de-classified document dealing with how the NCTC handles data. The NCTC is also known as the National Counterterrorism Center, and there are specific regulations dealing with how data is handled, if it can be stored and how to determine if it is, in fact, useful counter-terrorism data. Let's look at some of those regulations.


data5


As you can see, we have jumped right into the title character, our "Civil Liberties Protection Officer." What does that mean? The administration has determined that there be people inside the process who's sole responsibility is to ensure that the Civil Rights of American Citizens are not violated. Now, future presidents may abolish the Civil Liberties Protection Officer position, but by doing so, they will have violated executive precedent. (And I think it is important here to note that the NSA will collect data to protect the American people in the future. It is going to be part of our civilization now.) Doesn't a government have not only the power but the duty to protect its citizens if by doing so no Civil Rights are violated? Moreover, if you believe that a state had that responsibility, and if that ability was then ignored, wouldn't the state be negligent?  

 

data



As you can see in the above screengrab--and these screengrabs have not been altered except for the red boxes around them and the yellow highlighter--the issue of "civil liberties" is applicable to "each specific information access or acquisition." That means that all and singular, each and every data set sought must comply with the protections afforded by our Civil Liberties.


data3



This screengrabbed paragraph speaks for itself. But as you can see a little further below, there is a triage for finding terrorism information. This ensures that if erroneous information is caught up in the web, it is removed. "[P]romptly removed" is how they put it.


data4



Again. Self-explanatory. Can't be used, we are going to protect it with audits and there's that Civil Liberties Protection Officer again.


data6



This is the triage mentioned above. The data either contains "terrorism information" or it doesn't. The NCTC is interested in data that contains terrorism information.


data7



Now here's some meat to the protections provided on behalf of civil liberties. Either "party" can raise any privacy or Civil Liberties concerns about the process. That specifically includes the "data provider."


data9



Did you notice the word "browsing" above? Not allowed. Well, unless there is information about terrorist activity. Which again raises the question:  Doesn't the government have the duty to "browse" information about terrorism if it can do so without "browsing" non-terrorism information?


data8



Training is used to make sure that analysts and others understand that Privacy is a pretty big deal.


data10


The replication of data is only allowed if done in writing by the Director and the data provider, and then only if the data "is likely to contain significant terrorism information." This information and these rules and regulations are available on the web. They aren't a secret. If you want transparency, there it is for you to look it up.
EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site