The Department of Homeland Security is creating what it calls fusion centers. These secretive federal data-collection centers are being set up across the nation. This is from the DHS’s website.
State and major urban area fusion centers (fusion centers) are owned and operated by state and local entities, and are designated by the governor of their state. In accordance with the Federal Resource Allocation Criteria (RAC) policy, which defines objective criteria and a coordinated approach for prioritizing the allocation of federal resources to fusion centers, the federal government recognizes these designations and has a shared responsibility with state and local governments to support the national network of fusion centers.
The following includes the list of primary and recognized fusion centers (associated contact information). Primary fusion centers serve as the focal points within the state and local environment for the receipt, analysis, gathering, and sharing of threat-related information and have additional responsibilities related to the coordination of critical operational capabilities across the statewide fusion process with other recognized fusion centers. Furthermore, primary centers are the highest priority for the allocation of available federal resources, including the deployment of personnel and connectivity with federal data systems.
On another federal website, we read this:
Building Communities of Trust
An initiative which focused on developing relationships of trust between police departments, fusion centers, and the communities they serve. The lessons learned from this initiative were synthesized to develop formal guidance (Guidance for Building Communities of Trust) for local police agencies, fusion centers and the local communities they serve, to emphasize the value of outreach and transparency and the importance of working with local police in becoming more sensitive to local community issues. In turn, local communities will be more willing to provide information on suspicious behaviors that could potentially help law enforcement agencies detect and prevent terrorist attacks. To learn more, a Building Communities of Trust Fact Sheet is also available.
What is this all about? Domestic spying.
Prior to 9/11, the information flow between Federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial partners was not sufficiently robust to achieve a strong, effective, and productive nationwide information sharing partnership. Today, thanks to ISE efforts, that is changing. Today, fusion centers serve as focal points within the state and local environment for the receipt, analysis, gathering, and sharing of threat-related information between the federal government and state, local, tribal, territorial (SLTT) and private sector partners. To support these information sharing efforts, federal agencies have made significant improvement in coordinating the planning and provision of deployed personnel, training, technical assistance, exercise support, security clearances, connectivity to federal systems, technology, and grant funding, in support of the National Network of Fusion Centers.
Fusion centers contribute to the Information Sharing Environment (ISE) through their role in receiving threat information from the Federal Government; analyzing that information in the context of their local environment; disseminating that information to local agencies; and gathering tips, leads, and suspicious activity reporting (SAR) from local agencies and the public. They are considered an ISE Core Capability and play important roles in almost all of the mission processes.
The concept of information fusion is not new; it builds upon the information-led policing concept that has been applied with great success for some time by law enforcement agencies across the
This spying operation is serious, but it is not as threatening as it may seem. This will require manpower. Manpower is not cheap. Competent manpower is expensive. It will also require lots of red tape. To get convictions is expensive. No matter how much information is in their computers, the data must be analyzed and acted upon. The right hand does not know what the left hand doeth. This is a bureaucracy. Bureaucracies are not efficient.