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  •  ACLU on the 'Fusion Centers': (10+ / 0-)

    The types of information that fusion centers seek have broadened to include not just criminal intelligence, but public and private sector data.  

    The ACLU agrees that the ostensible purpose of fusion centers – improving the sharing of anti-terrorism intelligence among different levels and arms of government – is legitimate and important. However, taken as a whole, the ACLU’s study of fusion centers raises serious questions that fusion centers are violating important privacy laws and oversight safeguards.  

    The ACLU report identifies five specific problems with fusion centers as they currently exist:

    Ambiguous Lines of Authority.  Overlapping jurisdictions create the potential for manipulation of differing laws to evade accountability.

    Private Sector Participation.  Fusion centers are incorporating private corporations into the intelligence process, further threatening privacy.

    Military Participation.  Fusion centers are involving military personnel in law enforcement activities.

    Data Mining.  Federal fusion center guidelines encourage wholesale data collection and manipulation processes that threaten privacy.

    Excessive Secrecy.  Public oversight, individual redress and the very effectiveness of fusion centers are threatened by excessive secrecy.  

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