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Report Slams DHS Fusion Centers: No Terrorists Nabbed, Civil Rights Violated 178

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from the that'll-be-a-misdemeanor-reading-/.-charge dept.
PolygamousRanchKid writes with news of a Senate report on just how ineffective those DHS "Fusion centers" have proven to be. From the article: "The lengthy, bipartisan report is a scathing evaluation of what the Department of Homeland Security has held up as a crown jewel of its security efforts. ... Because of a convoluted grants process set up by Congress, Homeland Security officials don't know how much they have spent in their decade-long effort to set up so-called fusion centers in every state. ... 'The subcommittee investigation could identify no reporting which uncovered a terrorist threat, nor could it identify a contribution such fusion center reporting made to disrupt an active terrorist plot,' the report said. When fusion centers did address terrorism, they sometimes did so in ways that infringed on civil liberties. The centers have made headlines for circulating information about Ron Paul supporters, the ACLU, activists on both sides of the abortion debate, war protesters, and advocates of gun rights."
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Report Slams DHS Fusion Centers: No Terrorists Nabbed, Civil Rights Violated

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 03, 2012 @08:01AM (#41537133)

    And in other news, the Russian Cyber War attack on a SCADA system controlling a water pump that burned out the pump?
    Well they decided it was an attack based on a Russian IP address for a control engineers login. He in turn points out that he was asked to check it when he was on holiday (in Russia), and that the pump burned out 5 months later due to simple wear and tear.

    http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/10/dhs-false-water-pump-hack/

    More over, the biggest part of this news is that the DHS already knew it wasn't a cyber attack when its press office was leaking details of the story.

    As long as the DHS exists, and has a budget to defend it will do this. Just as the FBI has been equipping disgruntled individuals with terrorists garb (plans bombs weapons money) in order to arrest them as terrorists.
    They'll keep leaking super secret terrorists plots that have Hollywood scenarios, but lucky they saved us from them, and can't tell us anything about them, other than they were DEFINITELY REAL.

  • by brxndxn (461473) on Wednesday October 03, 2012 @08:10AM (#41537213)

    Just last week, Janet Napolitano testified before a congressional committee about the state of terrorism in America. She was testifiying exactly how you would expect the head of a government agency with endless authority and no clear-cut goal to testify. She was.. asking for more money, saying the terrorist threat is greater than ever before, and saying the DHS has helped to curb the terrorist threat.

    So.. the DHS:
    - We need more taxpayer money
    - The terrorist threat is greater than ever before
    - The DHS does a great job

    Hrm.. seems like bullshit.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 03, 2012 @08:15AM (#41537251)

    A detective, Shannon Dowell, from a Fusion center has been implicated in setting up the "Gulf Port 7" (Occupy protesters) for felony charges:

    http://houston.culturemap.com/newsdetail/09-06-12-a-chilling-police-infiltration-of-occupy-houston-port-protest-shines-a-harsh-spotlight-on-undercover-cops/ [culturemap.com]

    Last I heard about the case the detective claimed that he lost the USB drive with subpoenaed evidence down a storm sewer on the way to work the morning of his court appearance. Even finding out that a detective from a fusion center had been assigned to infiltrate occupy was difficult.

    One of the protesters and his lawyer was interviewed on Democracy Now, here's the transcript: http://www.democracynow.org/2012/9/10/infiltrating_occupy_austin_activists_face_charges [democracynow.org]

  • Re:Surprise! (Score:4, Informative)

    by celle (906675) on Wednesday October 03, 2012 @11:35AM (#41539687)

    "Can we finally admit that the Republicans were right after 9/11, that DHS is not needed and in fact a bad thing, and dismantle it?"

          The republicans were in charge at that time. They, in fact, voted to put the damn thing in to go with the republican president who signed the bill. Get your facts straight.

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