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TSA Describes Fusion Centers (Data Collection on Citizens)

Written by Gary North on May 22, 2012

I figure we might as well go to the horse’s mouth. This is what the TSA’s official site tells us about fusion centers.

Notice this phrase: “terrorism, crime, and other threats.”

Other threats. Yes.

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National Network of Fusion Centers

State and major urban area fusion centers (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. . . .

Fusion centers are owned and operated by state and local entities with support from federal partners in the form of deployed personnel, training, technical assistance, exercise support, security clearances, connectivity to federal systems, technology, and grant funding. . . .

The national security enterprise must reach beyond the capabilities of the federal government and national Intelligence Community to identify and warn about impending plots that could impact the homeland, particularly when the individuals responsible for the threats operate within the United States and do not travel or communicate with others overseas. By building trusted relationships and collaborating with SLTT and private sector partners, fusion centers can gather and share the information necessary to pursue and disrupt activities that may be indicators of, or potential precursors to, terrorist activity. With timely, accurate information on potential terrorist threats, fusion centers can directly contribute to and inform investigations initiated and conducted by federal entities, such as the Joint Terrorism Task Forces led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

According to the 2010 National Security Strategy (PDF, 60 pages – 1.52 MB), the federal government must continue to integrate and leverage fusion centers to enlist all of our intelligence, law enforcement, and homeland security capabilities to prevent acts of terrorism on American soil. Efforts to protect the homeland require the timely gathering, analysis, and sharing of threat-related information. Fusion centers provide a mechanism through which the federal government, SLTT, and private sector partners come together to accomplish this purpose. Beginning in 2003, the federal government, in cooperation with state and local entities, published guidance to enable fusion centers to operate at a baseline level of capability and to form a robust and fully integrated National Network. The National Network allows the federal government, SLTT, and private sector partners to participate as full contributors to, and beneficiaries of, the homeland security enterprise.

This strategic vision can be realized only when fusion centers demonstrate institutionalized levels of capability that enable efficient and effective information sharing and analysis across the National Network. This will help link the federal government with SLTT and private sector entities to more effectively share information. Given the evolving threat environment, it is vital that fusion centers quickly achieve their roles, as explained in the National Strategy for Information Sharing (NSIS), as the focal points within the SLTT environment for the receipt, analysis, gathering, and sharing of threat‐related information. . . .

Through its long-standing partnership with the Department of Justice, the Department has conducted more than 300 training and technical assistance deliveries, workshops, and exchanges on topics including risk analysis, security, and privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties since 2007. By providing these resources, the Department supports fusion centers to address some of the nation’s most significant homeland security challenges. . . .

The Department is working closely with the Department of Justice-led Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative Program Management Office to establish a standard process to identify and report suspicious activity in jurisdictions across the country. . . .

Under the leadership of I&A, the Department has made it a priority to participate in and support the implementation of the NSI while also integrating SAR processes across the National Network of Fusion Centers. The integration of NSI within both the Department and the fusion centers is a key element of fusion center outreach to law enforcement at all levels of government.

The Department has also launched the “If You See Something, Say Something™” campaign in order to engage the public to identify and report indicators of terrorism, crime, and other threats.

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9 thoughts on “TSA Describes Fusion Centers (Data Collection on Citizens)

  1. sean murry says:

    It will like nazi Germany everybody would be afaid of everybody they would turned the nieghbor in.

  2. Cliffystones says:

    "the federal government must continue to integrate and leverage fusion centers to enlist all of our intelligence, law enforcement, and homeland security capabilities to prevent acts of terrorism on American soil."

    I doubt they could prevent a blizzard in the Amazon Rainforest.

  3. ProundPatriotToo says:

    Until the whole Marxist dictator regime of Obama bots are flush from D.C.; I wouldn't give them spit off my backside of info.

  4. Charlie says:

    That is a long-winded way to say "we are doing everything we can to find who the disidents (people against DICTATOR OBAMA and his regime) are so that when OBAMA institutes MARSHAIL LAW (before November) we can round them up and put them in F.E.M.A. CAMPS.

  5. I'll be the Politburo wishes it had this capability.

  6. Sorry–meant to type "bet" not "be". And the verb should be "had had" not "had". 🙂

  7. Frank Norton says:

    Unles the citizenry are safe, and protected from the criminal element, they are defenceless against the intimination of the criminal element. Thus when there is a travisty of law and order, a witness is not inclined to speak up for fear of reprisal against themselves or family. With over 40 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, much of our borders wide open, and law inforsement afraid to take action against much of the criminal gangs untill years of survelance, America is no longer a Rule of Law country, and law enforcement is out to protect themselves. Why else would they be wearing black hooded face covering?

  8. It IS ALREADY like that. In Maryland any and all counties adjacent to the National Security Agency, which is in Ann Arundel county, are infused with NSA “overseers and liaisons” as are Fusion Centers. The NSA is like the NAZI S.S. – a representative openly or secretly everywhere the deem appropriate… Like the office of Maryland Senators and Congressmen. NSA gives millions of dollars in high-tech toys to Maryland police deprtments in return for police either turning a blind eye to NSA stalking harassment and intimidation of reporters, dissidents, and even NSA and other Federal workers who dare properly report elitist managers to the EEO or to their agency’s Inspector General for fraud, waste, abuse or much worse….sexual degeneracy on the job, passing secrets to foreign agents, etc. NSA follows the “Cause Stalking” booklet written by Lawson as their how-to book for vicious intimidation and policy of personal destruction of anyone who might reveal criminal wrong-doing by elitist managers betraying their positions of responsibility if not their country. Howard County Police Department is one of the worst and most eager to whore their services to NSA, but surrounding jurisdictions are almost as bad.

  9. catchesthewnd says:

    Noni, That would be Anne Arundel county. From a Md. ex pat. Your post lists some of the reasons I left and wont return.