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Now we have FUSION centers and cams all collecting our private info -
Mar 31 2009, 6:40 PM EDTWho's Spying in Your Neighborhood?
Fusion Centers collect and share information with local, state and federal law enforcement, and increasingly, with the military and the private sector. Although information sharing is legitimate and often necessary for law enforcement, the Fusion Centers are operating with little oversight at a time when new technology, government powers and zeal in the "war on terrorism" are combining to threaten our privacy at an unprecedented level and turn America into a surveillance society.
We need to strengthen STATE law and confront FUSION
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1. RE: Now we have FUSION centers and cams all collecting our private info -
Apr 2 2009, 6:30 PM EDTFormed in the wake of 9/11 as a way to search out domestic terrorist threats, fusion centers today are being bombarded with criticism on all sides for things like improper surveillance of the supporters of third-party presidential candidates and an ambiguous mission directive that has lead to power overreaching.
Fusion centers are intelligence databases spread out across the country that collect data on ordinary citizens and synchronize national intelligence collection with local police. There are currently more than 40 fusion centers in the country.
At a hearing Wednesday of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing, and Terrorism Risk Assessment, rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Council on Islamic-American Relations, spoke against the fusion centers.
“Fusion centers have experienced a mission creep in the last several years, becoming more of a threat than a security device,” said Caroline Fredrickson, director of the ACLU’s Washington legislative office in a statement. “With no overarching guidelines to restrict or direct them, these centers put Americans’ privacy at huge risk. We need our government to take a long, hard look at what’s going into these centers and, frankly, what’s coming out.”
The Department of Homeland Security also agrees that fusion centers pose a number of privacy risks to American citizens. In a December 2008 report, DHS’s Privacy Office detailed seven risks posed by the centers.
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
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2. How to get rid of Fusion Centers?
Apr 2 2009, 10:41 PM EDTIf the DHS is already admitting that the fusion centers are overstepping their bounds, it should be (relatively) easy to get rid of them. Or are they just the scapegoat for us to go after while DHS makes its moves in relative darkness? (Cynical? Who, me?) After I check uot the article mentioned above, I'll be back to discuss . . . . Do you find this valuable?
3. RE: Now we have FUSION centers and cams all collecting our private info -
Apr 2 2009, 11:19 PM EDTAction you could take. I suggest you contact your State Government Representatives and demand:
I demand you immediately begin writing statues and policy to control the FUSION mechanism affecting this state.
Whereas FUSION centers have been collecting vast amounts of personal information,
And whereas much of this information is proven to be false and error prone,
And whereas this information can cause gross damage to individuals liberty and livelihood,
Be it resolved that the State develop statues and policy limiting how this information is used and protecting this information from disclosure.
Be it resolved that individuals may view and contest their individual information.
Be it further resolved that information gained without due process be deleted from all records and data bases.
drafted by Bruce Eggum
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