Bush Scandals List

328. The National Data Exchange

You know because we so need another one of these. The Justice Department is setting up a national data network called the National Data Exchange or N-DEx developed by Raytheon for $85 million. It will allow federal intelligence and counterterrorism officials to search and datamine millions of records from some 15,000 local and state law enforcement agencies. In return, some 200,000 local and state law enforcement officials will also have access to the system, all of whose information (much of which concerns Americans who have broken no laws) will be available with just “a few clicks of a computer mouse.” Naturally, the system will not be abused, but you might want to think twice before planning that trip to see the pyramids in Egypt if you had a flat tire near a nuclear plant and had a policeman stop to help you.

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