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United States intelligence officials can now keep four years the private information of Americans who do not have terror ties.
According to new guidelines from the Obama administration.
The National Counterterrorism Center can now hold on to data -- on US citizens and residents for five years.
Previously the center had to permanently remove the information after about six months.
The move is intended to help the center identified terror threats but privacy advocates say they have some concerns.
Catherine Herridge with the news live from Washington now Katherine why the administration approve this extension.
With John good evening administration officials say the case of Umar -- until -- of the underwear bomber who tried to bring again that jet over Detroit on Christmas Day 2009.
Just -- data needs to be kept longer but that explanation is puzzling because the phone intercepts about a possible Nigerian terrorist.
We're picked up four months before the attempted bombing in simply never connected to a second report from the US embassy in Nigeria identifying the 23 year old.
And this announcement expanding the collection of data on Americans must be seen in a broader context.
Earlier this month the attorney general justified the targeting of American citizens for death by their own government with his controversial explanation.
And judicial process are not one and the same particularly.
When it comes to national security.
The constitution guarantees due process.
He does not guarantee.
And tonight the ACLU said the new rules approved by -- subject innocent Americans to unjustified scrutiny John.
And we're hearing new criticism of a plan that would affect the number of airline pilots who carry guns in the cockpit.
Well must read the federal flight deck officers for training program known as he -- DO may soon be a relic of 9/11.
As -- administration wants to cut its budget of 25 million past.
A supporters say arming pilots is cheaper than checking a single suitcase.
To protect an aircraft.
To protect possibly the potential of thousands.
The federal flight -- -- cost fifteen dollars per flight.
Homeland Security officials argue the department's multi layered approach to airline security that relies on screening.
Intelligence data and reinforced cockpit doors is more -- it focuses on high risk attacks with the greatest consequence.
We are moving in the TSA to risk based systems and those are the ones that we're gonna put money into.
Further comment Homeland Security directed fox to the 2013 budget that says the TSA will focus on programs that quote.
Mitigate the -- -- -- of risk at the lowest cost and arming pilots apparently does not meet that threshold John.
Catherine Herridge thank you.
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