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The U.S. Is Openly Stockpiling Dirt on All Its Citizens

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The Office of the Director of National Intellgence's own panel of advisers makes clear the government’s static interpretations of what constitutes “publicly available information” poses a significant threat to the public.

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The United States government has been secretly amassing a "large amount" of "sensitive and intimate information" on its own citizens, a group of senior advisers informed Avril Haines, the director of national intelligence, more than a year ago. 

The size and scope of the government effort to accumulate data revealing the minute details of Americans' lives are described soberly and at length by the director's own panel of experts in a newly declassified report. Haines had first tasked her advisers in late 2021 with untangling a web of secretive business arrangements between commercial data brokers and US intelligence community members.

What that report ended up saying constitutes a nightmare scenario for privacy defenders.

"This report reveals what we feared most," says Sean Vitka, a policy attorney at the nonprofit Demand Progress. "Intelligence agencies are flouting the law and buying information about Americans that Congress and the Supreme Court have made clear the government should not have."

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