by Pat Darnell | Dec 19, 2012 | Bryan TX
" ... The U.S. government has spent up to $1.4 billion of taxpayer money since 2003 to create “threat fusion centers” under the guise of fighting terrorism. Yet a two-year bipartisan report recently released by the U. S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations has found that these “fusion centers,” operating under the control of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in efforts to engage national, state and local intelligence, have not yielded any useful information to support federal counter-terrorism intelligence efforts.LINK]
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Most people who rely on print and TV news probably have never heard of fusion centers. There are up to 72 of these facilities. As many as 50 state-based and 22 urban centers were set up during the Bush presidency in cooperation between the DHS and the Department of Justice (DOJ). (October 14, 2012. Source: Gregory Patin. HuffpOst. HERE) ... "
" ... [This comment from] 'Donald W. Dickson/Austin, Texas' ... Unfortunately, there is no constituency for reform. State and local governments love these DHS dollars. The fusion center here is the pride and joy of the Texas Department of Public Safety's top brass, and they've received beaucoup dollars from the same federal bureaucrats that our governor enjoys flogging in public. ( JAMES RISEN. Published: October 2, 2012. HERE ) ... " Since I represent one of DPS's officer associations, I'd sure love to see what their fusion center has on me. Terrorists, lawyers, what's the difference, right? ... "National Security Network | Heather Hurlburt Quoted in Huffington Post on Romney’s Homeland Security Silence, Support for DHS Fusion Centers:
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BEFORE NOVEMBER, DURING THE POTUS DEBATES
" ... Whether inside or outside the debate hall, the report may at least raise the issue of what Romney would do about the troubled fusion centers today and whether he would add them to his promised $500 billion in federal spending cuts if elected president.
“I’d love to hear what Governor Romney thinks about the fusion center experience,” Heather Hurlburt of the progressive National Security Network told HuffPost via email. “I don’t believe he has put forward a homeland security policy — he’s not discussed the topic in speeches or debates.
Like most of his Massachusetts record, he hasn’t seemed anxious to run on or even discuss his homeland security policies as governor. It’d be a fair question for the debate tonight.”
Rose of the Massachusetts ACLU agreed: “Given Governor Romney’s role in launching these boondoggles — and President Obama’s decision to keep funding them — both presidential candidates should be asked tonight whether and why they would continue to waste billions of our scarce tax dollars on state fusion spying centers that don’t keep us safe but do undermine the right of ordinary Americans to be free from government snooping without a warrant.” (Andrea Stone. October 3, 2012 | Huffington Post. HERE) ... "
[Picture LINK]“Fusion centers often produced irrelevant, useless, or inappropriate intelligence reporting to DHS, and many produced no intelligence reporting whatsoever.” ( ROBERT N. CHARETTE / WED, OCTOBER 03, 2012. HERE)
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