Fusion Center

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Concept.png Fusion Center 

Official narrative

Fusion Centers are to facilitate the sharing of information to reduce that danger of "terrorism", many democratic countries have been developing them as part of the "war on terror".

Alternative view

Fusion centers are demonstrably ineffective at fighting "terrorism", and yet the UK/US model has been repeated in several other countries worldwide. This apparent paradox is resolved by noting the hypocrisy of the "war on terror". Fusion centers, like TWOT, facilitate deep state control by bypassing existing governmental structures. Their often nebulous nature facilitates plausible deniability and easier dodging of legal responsibilities such as FOIA requests.[1]

Ineffectiveness of their stated aim

A two-year investigation by the US senate found that "the fusion centers often produced irrelevant, useless or inappropriate intelligence reporting to DHS, and many produced no intelligence reporting whatsoever." [2][3] The report also said that in some cases the fusion centers violated civil liberties or privacy.[4] In the light of this report, their continued expansion deserves serious reflection.

Mission creep

Since 2006, the US federal government and the Department of Homeland Security have helped states and major cities set up a network of 58 fusion centers. Originally created to improve the sharing of “anti-terrorism intelligence” among state, local and federal law enforcement agencies, their mission was quickly expanded to include “the collection and analysis of information from law enforcement agencies, the private sector and the intelligence community” on “all crimes and all hazards.”[5]

The ACLU writes that "for many [Fusion Centers] the scope of their mission has quickly expanded - with the support and encouragement of the federal government - to cover "all crimes and all hazards." The types of information they seek for analysis has also broadened over time to include not just criminal intelligence, but public and private sector data, and participation in these centers has grown to include not just law enforcement, but other government entities, the military and even select members of the private sector."[6]


Related Document

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Unthinking extremism - Radicalising narratives that legitimise surveillancepaper26 October 2015Ben Harbisher