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NCTC allowed access to non-terror files

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- A recent high-level agreement grants permission to the U.S. National Counter-terrorism Center to access non-terror-related domestic databases.

A memorandum of agreement was signed between the director of national intelligence and the attorney general that gives access to non-terrorism-related federal databases to the NCTC, the division of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence that is responsible for counter-terrorism analysis operations for the United States, according to Secrecy News.

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Secrecy News, a Federation of American Scientists project on government secrecy, reported the agreement stipulates the NCTC is authorized to access the non-terror-related information only if the "dataset (also) contains terrorism information," the Secrecy News release said.

The agreement also dictates that the NCTC is not to access the federal databases for any kind of exploitation.

Officials say the agreement "regularizes the process by which NCTC can access information not originally collected for intelligence purposes," Secrecy News reported.

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