Friday, August 1, 2008

Foolish Fusion Blues

Hats off to the Center for Independent Media chain for launching a nationwide series on intelligence fusion centers, providing local centers of excellence to augment the notorious Joint Terrorism Task Force. At the end of July, articles appeared about centers in Colorado, Minnesota, Iowa, and Michigan. The ACLU had conducted a fantastic national survey, distributed on CD-ROM and PDF files, "What's Wrong with Fusion Centers," but this is the first series to go local.

Those with long memories might notice the similarities to the Law Enforcement Intelligence Unit, turning police forces crooked since the 1960s, but ever since 9/11, the pseudo-private intelligence effort has gotten big federal bucks. If you have to ask what's wrong, you haven't checked your Constitution lately.

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