Aftermath so far
The privacy advocates wants limits on how long the FBI can keep data, now there is no limit. Tim Sparapani, senior legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union said "We can't simply warehouse data to run future exercises again and hope that in 50 or 100 years it might have some relationship to terror,". Former (2003-2005) Homeland Security Department Chief Nuala O'Connor Said "No matter how it's collected, it can be used for other reasons." The experts singled out practices at the Homeland Security Department. DHS is collecting millions of pieces of data in the name of security but has no criteria to determine how long data will be kept and how it will be used"(20 ).
Intelligence fusion centers that are run by state and local enforcement could pose a threat to national security according to Homeland Security (21 ).
About a dozen secret operations by US Special Forces in Pakistan, Syria and other countries. The unconstitutional authority were granted by a classified order by Donald Rumsfeld with the approval of President Bush in 2004 (22 ).
US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said in 2005 "federal terrorism investigations have resulted in charges against more than 400 suspects, and more than half of those charged have been convicted." In reality only thirty nine convicted of crimes related to terrorism or national security. The rest of the 200 were convicted of comparatively minor crimes and were unrelated to terrorism crimes like making false statements and violating immigration law. The average sentence was 11 months (23 ).
The FBI tracked about 108,000 potential terrorist threats and suspicious incidents from mid 2004 to November 2007, most were found to be groundless, according to a Justice Department review the inspector general's report said "The FBI determined that the overwhelming majority of the threat information documented in Guardian had no nexus to terrorism. However, as a result of information reported in Guardian the FBI initiated over 600 criminal and terrorism-related investigations from October 2006 to December 2007," (24 ).