Fusion Centers – Where Reality Meets Orwell’s 1984

While reading through some articles on Homeland Security intelligence gathering protocols I came across a Fox News article titled , ’Fusion Centers’ Expand Criteria to Identify Militia Members. [1]

According to the article’s author, “If  you are an anti-abortion, (activist), or if you display paraphernalia supporting a third party candidate or support a certain Republican member of Congress, if you possess subversive literature, you might very well be a member of a domestic paramilitary group.” 

 (I thought this a perhaps bit of an extreme assessment until I began researching further.)

The article explains that following 9/11  the Homeland Security Department  reasoned that not only did we have to be sensitive to international terrorism but also domestic terrorism, in this case “militia groups” that might threaten our internal security. (There was no mention of home grown Islamic terrorist groups.)

The result was the establishment in 2004,  of government funded Fusion Centers as a way to provide a clearing house for domestic intelligence gathering. Profiles were developed to look at the characteristics of individuals most likely to join or militia groups and also of those individuals who would be most prone to  act out violent scenarios against the government.  In order to provide oversight to curb any protocol violations a review group section was established within Homeland Security called Privacy Impact Assessment. [2]

In it’s initial report  in the DHS Guide: State, Local and Regional Fusion Center Initiative, (page iii), the Privacy Impact Assessment Group concluded that  ”Despite oversight efforts – the Privacy Office has identified a number of risks to privacy presented by the fusion center programs,” as follows:

1. Justification for fusion centers

2. Ambiguous Lines of authority, Rules and Oversight

3. Participation of the Military and The Private sector

4. Data Mining

5. Excessive Secrecy

6. Inaccurate or Incomplete Information

7. Mission Creep

The Private Impact Assessment Group report also  implied, ( pg. iv) of the guide, that there needs to be better training of fusion center personnel.

To further prove a point on the danger posed by the current administration’s selective interpretation of the Fusion Center’s protocol,  the Missouri Information Analysis Center, (MIAC),   (a  government collective that identifies warning signs of potential domestic terrorists for law enforcement communities),  released an internal classified report titled , ‘The Modern Militia Movement,’ which  stated:

“Due to the  current economic situation, a lush environment for militia activity has been created,” the report also said  that persons who supported “third party candidates” were anti-abortion, against gun control and who supported alternative political figures, (IE , the Libertarian Party, candidates Ron Paul, (R) Texas and Bob Barr, (R) Ga. -  cited in the report ), shared common characteristics with militia members. (Reps Ron Paul and Bob Barr confronted the MAIC to  have their names removed from this report.)

 (The leaked document has been reclassified and any link to the report has been removed.) 

The ACLU a statement released and titled, “What’s Wrong with Fusion Centers – Executive Summary”,  December 5, 2007, said, “These new fusion centers, over 40,  that have been established around the country, raise very serious privacy issues at a time when new technology, government power and zeal in the  ‘war on terrorism’ are combining to threaten Americans’ privacy at an unprecedented level.” [3]

(I have for the most part looked with disdain that the ACLU, but this report is on the money, so much so that myself as well as many of you, may fit the profile of a ‘domestic terrorist’ by questioning or challenging this administrations radical socialist agenda.)

Initially idea of these fusion centers made sense. when first established during the Bush administration. Now the fusion centers  have morphed into a useful tool by the current crop of liberals who will use any means necessary to derail anyone in opposition to their radical socialist agenda.  Just my opinion..

[1]  http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/03/23/fusion-centers-expand-criteria-identify-militia-members/

[2] http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/privacy/privacy_pia_ia_slrfci.pdf

[3] http://www.aclu.org/technology-and-liberty/whats-wrong-fusion-centers-executive-summary



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