U.S. gathers and saves for 15 years information on U.S. Citizens who travel abroad.

September 23, 2007 at 12:25 am | Posted in civil liberties, despotism | Leave a comment

Collecting of Details on Travelers Documented
U.S. Effort More Extensive Than Previously Known
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, September 22, 2007; A01
The U.S. government is collecting electronic records on the travel habits of millions of Americans who fly, drive or take cruises abroad, retaining data on the persons with whom they travel or plan to stay, the personal items they carry during their journeys, and even the books that travelers have carried, according to documents obtained by a group of civil liberties advocates and statements by government officials.The personal travel records are meant to be stored for as long as 15 years, as part of the Department of Homeland Security’s effort to assess the security threat posed by all travelers entering the country. Officials say the records, which are analyzed by the department’s Automated Targeting System, help border officials distinguish potential terrorists from innocent people entering the country.


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