250_skywatch_border.jpgIf that NYPD plan to scan and store information for up to a year on every vehicle entering Manhattan is causing some concern for a handful of people that still care about privacy laws, the Department of Homeland Security’s 15-year, data storing border strategy should provoke some outrage on both sides of the aisle. According to the Washington Post:

“The federal government has been using its system of border checkpoints to greatly expand a database on travelers entering the country by collecting information on all U.S. citizens crossing by land, compiling data that will be stored for 15 years and may be used in criminal and intelligence investigations.”

The DHS is of course playing the fear card, claiming it’s “part of a broader effort to guard against terrorist threats,” but some critics argue that it’s a continuation of the Bush administration’s “unprecedented expansion of data gathering for national security and intelligence purposes.” They can hold you indefinitely, listen to your calls, and now, based on your travel records, either deny or admit you into the country. Forget about the whole fighting them over there so we don’t have to fight them over here rhetoric, they already won. |WaP0|
A Border Patrol SkyWatch tower. (Photo: Dean Knuth/Arizona Daily Star)