by John Malcolm, Jessica Zuckerman, Andrew Kloster
The Heritage Foundation
February 22, 2013
The new guidelines on data sharing and retention of “terrorism information” in federal databases expand the ability of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) to access, retain, and analyze data to help to thwart terrorist attacks. Given recent terrorist actions, such as the 2009 Fort Hood attack and the attempted Christmas Day bombing, the new guidelines are needed. However, to protect the rights of American citizens, Congress should ensure that existing internal and external controls are being followed.