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Activist Group Sues US Border Agency Over New, Vast Intelligence System 83

An anonymous reader writes with news about one of the latest unanswered FOIA requests made to the Department of Homeland Security and the associated lawsuit the department's silence has brought. The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has sued the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in an attempt to compel the government agency to hand over documents relating to a relatively new comprehensive intelligence database of people and cargo crossing the US border. EPIC's lawsuit, which was filed last Friday, seeks a trove of documents concerning the 'Analytical Framework for Intelligence' (AFI) as part of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. EPIC's April 2014 FOIA request went unanswered after the 20 days that the law requires, and the group waited an additional 49 days before filing suit. The AFI, which was formally announced in June 2012 by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), consists of "a single platform for research, analysis, and visualization of large amounts of data from disparate sources and maintaining the final analysis or products in a single, searchable location for later use as well as appropriate dissemination."
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Activist Group Sues US Border Agency Over New, Vast Intelligence System

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  • Re:Why oppose this? (Score:4, Informative)

    by AHuxley ( 892839 ) on Monday July 21, 2014 @07:14PM (#47504315) Journal
    The US tried that for a very short time under Nixon []. A massive movement of staff to secure the border was in place and worked very well.
    The flow of drugs, drug money laundering in US banks and illegal labor was at risk. Over time the US returned to a policy that can be seen today.
    A free flow of people, goods and the need for expensive financial instruments ensures wonderful regional profit.
    The UK was a great example too with its visa "expires" database. The UK forgot how/why to count visa in and visa out (was International Passenger Survey).
    The main reason seems to be a super cheap flow of workers and the UK will try and bring back "exit checks" in a year or so :)
    As for US policy - cheap workers with no on site wage or health laws was always the big win to keep wide open boarders for decades.

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