Monday, April 08, 2013
ATF Creating 'Massive' Database of Personal Info: 'Assets, Relatives, Associates and More'
The same Federal Bureau that did such a sterling job providing Mexican drug cartels with illegally purchased firearms and shipping them across the border in the 'Fast and Furious' operation has a brand new project.
According to a notice posted by the agency on FedBizOpps.gov, entitled "Investigative System" they're seeking corporate contractors to help create what they describe as a 'massive' new data base system on private citizens they deem worthy of surveillance.
The new system is to be used by ATF staff "to provide rapid searches on various entities for example; names, telephone numbers, utility data and reverse phone look-ups, as a means to assist with investigations, and background research on people, assets and businesses."
The proposed system will utilize "a number of internal databases as well as external sources to provide timely and relevant information and intelligence products to law enforcement agencies at the federal, state and local levels."
The system "provides a means to rapidly check records across the country" and is "necessary in assisting investigators, agents and analyst to find people, their assets, relatives, associates and more."
And it will allow ATF to "obtain exact matches from partial source data searches such as, incomplete social security numbers, address, VIN numbers, etc."
Keep in mind that the data entered into this database isn't necessarily on criminals, or even people suspected of a crime. And there are no court orders or warrants involved.
The database can cover a ton of private information for anyone the ATF - or the Obama Justice Department, who controls ATF - feels like putting into the system, for reasons they needn't disclose to anyone.
One of the applications is obvious, and the ATF being used as the Federal Agency involved is a clue. Universal background checks aren't legal under federal law yet, and neither is gun confiscation. The new system is an extra-legal tool that could facilitate both when the time is right, perhaps in response to a White House declared 'national emergency' that involves new, sweeping powers to the occupant of the Oval Office.
Sort of like what Hitler did with the Reichstag Fire.