Rick Perry Oversaw Creation Of Massive Texas Data Exchange Intelligence Database

09/29/2011 10:17 am ET | Updated Nov 29, 2011
  • Siddartha Mahanta Mother Jones

On the campaign trail, Texas Gov. Rick Perry decries the invasive and profligate ways of big government. Yet in Texas he oversaw the creation of a massive, federally funded intelligence database that hoovers up everything from drivers' license information to victims' statements to bogus leads that may be falsely incriminating. The system, known as the Texas Data Exchange (TDEx), has drawn the concern of civil liberties advocates, not least because of Perry's aggressive efforts to consolidate control of this sweeping intelligence vault within his own office.

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