'Big Brother' Obama?: US eyes racial profiling of Americans, 'Orwellian-style'

President Barack Obama wants to have the database on Americans ready before he leaves office in early 2017, with all the information posted online, according to the New York Post.Reuters

The Obama administration is setting up an "unprecedented collection of sensitive data" on racial profiles of all Americans, according to a New York Post report.

The report said President Barack Obama's target is to have the database ready before he leaves office in early 2017, with all the information posted online.

The New York Post called the undertaking an "Orwellian-style stockpile of statistics" on Americans' health, home loans, credit cards and neighbourhoods.

In his report for The New York Post, Paul Sperry said the data could serve as a "permanent network of discrimination databases" that could be used by civil rights lawyers and other advocates "to make 'disparate-impact' cases" against school systems, banks, and employers.

At the same time, the Obama administration is pushing to include Social Security beneficiaries who lack the mental capacity to manage their own affairs under its gun control policy.

The Post said the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing database has been implemented to map US areas predominantly occupied by white, Asian, black or African-American and Hispanic/Latino residents.

"The agency proposes using non-white populations of 50 percent or higher as the threshold for classifying segregated areas," the report said, referring to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Under this, those federally funded cities that are described as overly segregated will have to change their zoning laws so that subsidised housing in affluent areas can be constructed.

"By opening this data to everybody, everyone in a community can weigh in," said Obama. "If you want affordable housing nearby, now you'll have the data you need to make your case."

On the other hand, the Federal Housing Finance Agency is also making its National Mortgage Database Project to racially balance home loans by compiling 16 years of lending data including credit scores and employment records that are broken down by race.

It will also include credit data from credit cards, students loans to car loans.

The data will also be used by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to know "possible discriminatory lending patterns," said CFPB Director Richard Cordray.

The CFPB will produce race-sorted data from 900 million credit-card accounts, the report said, to know "disparities" in interest rates among others.

It has also a new rule aiming to require banks to forward data on "minority hiring" to the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion.

The US Department of Education, through the Civil Rights Data Collection project, gathers data on student suspensions and expulsions, by race, from every public school district in the US.

School districts that have disparities in discipline will be reformed.

The Obama administration is also seeking to place Social Security beneficiaries under gun control.

Those that lack the mental capacity to manage their own affairs will not be able to own guns, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

It said this will make the Social Security Administration "in line with laws regulating who gets reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, which is used to prevent gun sales to felons, drug addicts, immigrants in the country illegally and others."

About 4.2 million adults who receive benefits that are managed by "representative payees" maybe affected by the policy if the Social Security uses the policy of the Department of Veterans Affairs in making background checks for those who are declared incompetent.

This new push was a result of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut.

However, critics don't agree with the policy.

"Someone can be incapable of managing their funds but not be dangerous, violent or unsafe," Dr. Marc Rosen, a Yale psychiatrist, told the Los Angeles Times. "They are very different determinations."