This should complement the NSA's domestic spying handsomely.
According to a recent solicitation from the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the bureau is looking to buy a “massive online data repository system”
for its Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information (OSII). The
system is intended to operate for at least five years, and be able to
process automated searches of individuals, and “find connection points
between two or more individuals” by linking together “structured and
Primarily, the ATF states it wants the database to speed-up criminal
investigations. Instead of requiring an analyst to manually search
around for your personal information, the database should “obtain exact
matches from partial source data searches” such as social security
numbers (or even just a fragment of one), vehicle serial codes, age
range, “phonetic name spelling,” or a general area where your address is
located. Input that data, and out comes your identity, while the
computer automatically establishes connections you have with others.
Many other specific requirements are also to be expected for a
federal law enforcement agency: searching names, phone numbers,
“nationwide utility data” and reverse phone searches. The data will then
be collected to help out during investigations and provide “relevant
information and intelligence products.”...
If nothing else, the NSA ought to bid on the project. It has a good head start, ya'know?
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