…The Law Enforcement Information Exchange, or LinX, has already amassed 506.3 million law enforcement records ranging from criminal histories and arrest reports to field information cards filled out by cops on the beat even when no crime has occurred.
LinX is a national information-sharing hub for federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. It is run by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, raising concerns among some military law experts that putting such detailed data about ordinary citizens in the hands of military officials crosses the line that generally prohibits the armed forces from conducting civilian law enforcement operations….
The mission statement on the NCIS website says that its “mission is to investigate and defeat criminal, terrorist, and foreign intelligence threats to the United States Navy and Marine Corps-ashore, afloat, and in cyberspace.”
Mission creep or something far more nefarious
So why exactly is NCIS compiling information that is none of their business and a fourth amendment violation of Americans such as parking tickets, traffic citations and fender-bender of Americans citizens who are not members of the U.S. military.
As if the U.S. military was not busy enough, they are now compiling the information of American citizens, the majority of which is not terrorist related or the government’s business into a massive federal database run no less by the U.S. military.
Law Enforcement Information Exchange (webpage)
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) launched the Law Enforcement Information Exchange (LInX) initiative in 2003. LInX is designed to enhance information sharing between local, state, and federal law enforcement in areas of strategic importance to the Department of the Navy. LInX provides participating law enforcement partner agencies with secure access to regional crime and incident data and the tools needed to process it, enabling investigators to search across jurisdictional boundaries to help solve crimes and resolve suspicious events. LInX is designed to facilitate cooperation and sharing. Ownership and control of the data remains with the agency that provided it.
LInX is organized regionally, with each region having its own Governance Board. There are currently ten (10) geographical regions and one (1) region consisting of the law enforcement agencies of the Department of Defense known as the Law Enforcement Defense Data Exchange (D-DEx). NCIS provides program management for both LInX as a whole and for the D-DEx region. LInX contains data from over 1,300 law enforcement sources. Additionally, LInX has a cooperative agreement with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) National Data Exchange (N-DEx). The combination gives access to law enforcement data from over 4,000 sources….
The ten regions covered by LinX are Northeast, National Capital, Virginia, Carolinas, Southeast, Gulf Coast, Rio Grande, California, Northwest.Hawaii and D-DEx (see map below)
Yale Law school professor, who teaches military law, Eugene Fidel, referred to LInX as a domestic spying tool. “‘Clearly, it cannot be right that any part of the Navy is collecting traffic citation information,’ Fidell said. /This sounds like something from a third-world country, where you have powerful military intelligence watching everybody.”
The number of records stored by LInX has mushroomed from about 50 million in 2007 to more than 10 times that number today. Mission creep or something far more nefarious?
The FBI, a DOJ entity, has created a similar system to LInX, i.e., National Data Exchange or N-Dex.
After all, according to the LInX, background checks for the sale of concealed firearms permits are not included in the system. At the extent of the police state and government surveillance today in the United States, I find that hard to believe.
Below is a screenshot of DHS’s (ICE) Law Enforcement Information Exchange (LinX) website page.
According to Homeland Security’s ICE website:
The Law Enforcement Information Sharing Service is a web-based data exchange platform, hosted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), that allows law enforcement agencies to rapidly share and access data related to criminal and national security investigations.
The automated service offers a more efficient system for requesting and sharing investigative information, helping investigators to more quickly identify patterns, connections and relationships between individuals and criminal organizations.
DHS law enforcement information is processed through the ICE Pattern Analysis and Information Collection System and includes information from subject records and closed cases concerning people, businesses, vehicles (including aircraft and seacraft), firearms and more.
The Law Enforcement Information Sharing Service currently provides federal, state, local, tribal and international law enforcement agency partners with access to more than 2.6 million subject records related to persons of interest, including suspects in child pornography, drug smuggling, immigration fraud, alien smuggling and a wide range of other cases.
The service is compliant with all existing privacy and security requirements for safeguarding personal information and user authentication and access.
Deployment of Law Enforcement Information Sharing Service
The service was developed as part of DHS’ goal to expand collaboration and information-sharing with law enforcement partners. The service has been successfully deployed on a regional basis in San Diego, Los Angeles, Seattle, Arizona and Texas. In addition, the U.S. Department of Justice established connectivity to the service via the OneDOJ program.
Access to federal database information related to investigations and criminal records;
Secure web-based platform allows user access from virtually anywhere;
Faster than manual processes; and
Improved communication between law enforcement partners.
NCIS, FBI, CIA, NSA – If the hair on the back of your neck is standing up because you feel as if every federal agency out in existence is spying on we, the people, you are not paranoid.
Wake up America, the American Stasi Police State has arrived. Any day now, the jackboot may clamp down upon the neck of all Americans.