According to a senior government official who served with high-level security clearances in five administrations, "There exists a database of Americans, who, often for the slightest and most trivial reason, are considered unfriendly, and who, in a time of panic, might be incarcerated. The database can identify and locate perceived 'enemies of the state' almost instantaneously." He and other sources tell Radar that the database is sometimes referred to by the code name Main Core. One knowledgeable source claims that 8 million Americans are now listed in Main Core as potentially suspect. In the event of a national emergency, these people could be subject to everything from heightened surveillance and tracking to direct questioning and possibly even detention.Meanwhile, in George Bush's America, bad things continue to happen. More at MetaFilter and ThinkProgress.
The prize for understated gallows humor goes to the very first comment at the article itself:
I find it very difficult to believe that Dick Cheney would be part of anything that was not in our best interest.
Posted by: escoBam on May 20, 2008 12:22 AM