Recently Indian Chris commented that the Big Brother thing doesn’t scare him (my words), and someone else said that it would be OK if all Americans were required to have ID cards containing retinal scans and DNA. So I cooked up this hypothetical news story, to see if any of you would object to, or applaud, such a program…
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A secret program initiated by the White House has recorded details of more than 96 percent of Americans in a database, supplementing Internet and other surveillance.
Since the 2003 launch of the “Gold Shield Program,” the NSA, FBI, and local police have collected information on about 288 million of the country’s 300 million people, under the umbrella of the Department of Homeland Security.
“It has helped police uncover many criminal cases,” said an official involved with the program, adding that over 20 percent of criminal cases last year were solved with help from the database.
The database is just one way in which the Department of Homeland Security keeps tabs on citizens.
An estimated 30,000 Web police monitor the surfing habits of America’s 110 million internet users, including topics related to Islam, terrorism, illegal immigration, drugs, and weapons.