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Volume 4  Number 2  •  Fall 1999
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Watching You: Systematic Federal Surveillance of Ordinary Americans
By Charlotte Twight
This article appeared in the Fall 1999 issue of The Independent Review

Federal data collection empowers the United States government to obtain personal information about every American citizen: the checks he writes, the types of causes he supports, what he says “privately” to his doctor. The result—and often the purpose—is a profound erosion of individual autonomy.