Main Core is the code name of a database maintained since the 1980s by the federal government of the United States. Main Core contains personal and financial data of millions of U.S. citizens believed to be threats to national security. The data, which comes from the NSA, FBI, CIA, and other sources, is collected and stored without warrants or court orders. The database's name derives from the fact that it contains "copies of the 'main core' or essence of each item of intelligence information on Americans produced by the FBI and the other agencies of the U.S. intelligence community."
The Main Core database is believed to have originated with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in 1982, following Ronald Reagan's Continuity of Operations plan outlined in the National Security Directive (NSD) 69 / National Security Decision Directive (NSDD) 55, entitled "Enduring National Leadership," implemented on September 14, 1982.
As of 2008[update] there were reportedly eight million Americans listed in the database as possible threats, often for trivial reasons, whom the government may choose to track, question, or detain in a time of crisis.
- FBI Index
- Inslaw Inc. v. United States Government
- Investigative Data Warehouse
- National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive
- NSA warrantless surveillance controversy
- PRISM (surveillance program)
- Shorrock, Tim (July 23, 2008). "Exposing Bush's historic abuse of power". Salon.com. Retrieved 2010-12-19.
- Goodman, Amy (July 25, 2008). "Main Core: New Evidence Reveals Top Secret". Democracy Now. Retrieved 2010-12-19.
- Christopher Ketcham, Is the government compiling a secret list of citizens to detain under martial law? at the Wayback Machine (archived August 31, 2008), RADAR Online, 15 May 2008
- Satyam Khanna, Govt. May Have Massive Surveillance Program For Use In ‘National Emergency,’ 8 Million ‘Potential Suspects’, Think Progress blog, May 20, 2008.
- Radar article by Christopher Ketcham, May/June 2008
- Main Core, PROMIS and the Shadow Government by Ed Encho, February, 2009
- Salon's New Revelations on Illegal Spying at Electronic Frontier Foundation
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