DHS spends $1.4 Billion Dollars to Spy on American Public through Fusion Centers

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We The People GraphicAccording to a report from the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee titled, “Federal Support for and involvement in State and Local Fusion Centers”,  the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has spent over 1.4 billion dollars spying on the American public. The report looks into the 77 Homeland Fusion Centers that have been launched since 2003.

What are Fusion Centers?

In the aftermath of 9/11, The Department of Homeland Security, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice, setup these so-called “Fusion Centers” as a way to track Terrorist activities within the United States.

According to DHS, these 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.”

Tracking Terrorist Activity or Spying on American Citizens?

According to the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee report, these fusion centers have found “no reporting which uncovered a terrorist threat, nor could it identify a contribution such fusion center reporting made to disrupt an active terrorist plot.”

In fact, the report goes on to show that what these Fusion Centers have excelled at, is spying on the American Public. From detailed accounts of DHS officials spying on everyone from fisherman and religious groups to numerous examples of Fusion Centers collecting and maintaining information on U.S. citizens who were not part of a criminal investigation, the report highlights a disturbing amount of Constitutional and civil liberty violations.

What about those dangerous Fishermen?

In one example of how pervasive – and completely idiotic -  this culture of spying has become, the committee highlights a case where DHS officials actually followed, and then wrote a report on people fishing in a body of water on the U.S.-Mexico border. Apparently these fishermen were suspicious because as the DHS official put it, “it is unusual to fish at that location based on the depth of the reservoir. Additionally, there were high winds and choppy waters at that time.”

That’s right; tax payer money spent to investigate people fishing is a reservoir. You really can’t make this stuff up!

Targeting Ron Paul Supporters, Third Party Candidates & Patriotic Americans?

In a study from the Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC) titled, “MIAC Strategic Report: The Modern Militia Movement.”,  the Missouri Fusion Center detailed how to spot and identify dangerous homegrown terrorists. Their analysis suggested that officers look out for people who opposed things like; Gun Control, the violation of Posse Comitatus, abortion, Illegal Immigration and a number of other “right-wing” political ideologies.

It went on to say that these homegrown threats often associate with 3rd party political groups, like the Constitutional Party and Libertarians. It went on to say that many of these people support candidates like Ron Paul.

These Fusion Center reports, and others like it, have been used by DHS, the FBI and a number of other government agencies to justify spying on patriotic Americans. In fact, we’ve detailed numerous examples in the past, including an FBI news conference where the government actually warned that survivalists, conspiracy theorists & those who believe in personal liberty were a terrorist threat to the nation.

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  1. you got to be kidding! in an economy where every agency, local and federeal, is screamind for funding-and these Fusion Center are both wasting our tax dollars AND spying on us all WITH NO EFFECT ON TERRORISM-AT ALL?!

  2. Bob says:

    All this boils down to is trails. Anything you do that leaves either a papertrail, or digital foot/fingerprint, can be tracked. Anything that you put out into the public realm, whether it be online in a blog or blog comment, an online purchase, or just an email, it can be tracked. You think those things are secure? Think again. And anything that you have to fill out a form for, or anything that you purchase on credit/debit is tracked also. So basically, it comes down to if you don’t want someone to track and catalog it, don’t do it. Even this comment, and probably my i.p. address since I visited this site, is being tracked and documented. Don’t get me wrong, I feel that a certain degree of this is needed to keep us safe. Sadly, that “degree” sounds like it has been greatly exceeded.

    • S says:

      I totally agree with you!! NOTHING is kept personal/we r ALL being slowly socialized through technology!

  3. Prepping Preacher says:

    “1984″ by Orson Wells

    • Giurza says:

      you mean George Orwell of course…

      • Prepping Preacher says:

        LOL yes, thank you… it was early AM but my point was made nonetheless…

        • Giurza says:

          Most definitely! And I wholeheartedly agree that this is “1984″… and it is not some “one day in the distant future” it is already here….

          • Off Grid Survival says:

            Yep, it’s been here for awhile.

            A year ago people said you were crazy if you mentioned one of these fusion centers. Now it’s public knowledge.

  4. Tammy says:

    What is this world coming to?
    OK, so what their really telling us is if you believe in being prepared, or if by chance you question the government, then you might be a terrorist! OK, well then I’m guilty, I guess that I’m a terrorist. There are so many better things that money could be spent on,oh well no since in getting into that.

    • Mike says:

      Careful Tammy… while this is not a court of law, you just publicly admitted to being a terrorist… sarcastic or not, how many statements made by people have been taken out of context in the past.

      This situation is a double-edged sword, or double-standard depending on your outlook. One government agency, FEMA has their ready.gov web site suggesting people become prepared and ready for an emergency, while another agency of the same government (DHS) openly states their readiness plans at a national level are OK… but if you are an individual or family making similar preparations, you are considered a ‘terrorist’ because you are not the government.

  5. Scott says:

    Let the Gov. spy all they want I’m getting prepped for something they are probably going to cause…and tough balls if they don’t like it !!!!

  6. Bootsnsaddles says:

    DHS and their Fusion centers are mostly being used for the political gain of BHO. A list comprised of his potential, political enemies. This list is made up of those loyal to our Constitutional Republic and not the the office of this Anti-American President.

    • Eat Me says:

      WAKE UP. BHO is a bozo, but this nazi operation
      was set up by head nazi GWB. They are all nazi
      criminals and should be jailed. stupid americans!

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