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Fusion center director: We donít spy on Americans, just anti-government Americans
Russia Today ^ | 3/29/13 | Pascal Guyot

Posted on 03/29/2013 8:28:15 PM PDT by LibWhacker

Fusion center director: We don’t spy on Americans, just anti-government Americans

Law enforcement intelligence-processing fusion centers have long come under attack for spying on Americans. The Arkansas director wanted to clarify the truth: centers only spies on some Americans – those who appear to be a threat to the government.

In trying to clear up the ‘misconceptions’ about the conduct of fusion centers, Arkansas State Fusion Center Director Richard Davis simply confirmed Americans’ fears: the center does in fact spy on Americans – but only on those who are suspected to be ‘anti-government’.

“The misconceptions are that we are conducting spying operations on US citizens, which is of course not a fact. That is absolutely not what we do,” he told the NWA Homepage, which supports KNWA-TV and Fox 24.

After claiming that his office ‘absolutely’ does not spy on Americans, he proceeded to explain that this does not apply to those who could be interpreted as a ‘threat’ to national security. Davis said his office places its focus on international plots, “domestic terrorism and certain groups that are anti-government. We want to kind of take a look at that and receive that information.”

But the First Amendment allows for the freedom of speech and opinion, making it lawfully acceptable for Americans to express their grievances against the US government. The number of anti-government groups even hit a record high in 2012, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Many of these groups are ‘hate groups’ that express disdain for minorities. But unless they become violent, these groups are legally allowed to exist.

“We are seeing the fourth straight year of really explosive growth on the part of anti-government patriot groups and militias,” Mark Potok, senior fellow at the SPLC, told Mother Jones. “That’s 913 percent in growth. We’ve never seen that kind of growth in any group we cover.”

And with a record-high number of anti-government groups, fusion centers may be spying on more Americans than ever before – or at least, have the self-proclaimed right to do so.

“I do what I do because of what happened on 9/11,” Davis said. “There’s this urge and this feeling inside that you want to do something, and this is a perfect opportunity for me.”

But Davis’ argument is flawed: in order to determine whether or not someone is considered a threat to national security, fusion centers would first have to spy on Americans to weed out the suspected individuals, and then proceed to spy on the ‘anti-government’ individuals further.

Across the US, fusion centers have reported on individuals who conducted ‘crimes’ like putting political stickers in public bathrooms or participating in movements against the death penalty. In October, the bipartisan Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations finished a two-year investigation on fusion centers, only to find that the centers had directly violated constitutionally protected civil liberties.

“In reality, the Subcommittee investigation found that the fusion centers often produced irrelevant, useless or inappropriate intelligence reporting to DHS, and many produced no intelligence reporting whatsoever,” the report stated.

And the privacy violations could soon become worse: RT previously reported that the FBI’s proposed facial recognition project could provide fusion centers with more personal data to work with. With at least 72 fusion centers across the US and technology that could further infringe upon privacy rights, government agencies will be able to more efficiently collect data on Americans solely for exercising their freedom of speech.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 1984; 2revolting4words; americans; anticonstitutional; bigbrother; crime; dhs; evilbastards; fbi; fusion; fusioncenter; humanrights; lawlessgovernment; police; splc; spying
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1 posted on 03/29/2013 8:28:15 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

How is being anti-government a threat to the American people?


2 posted on 03/29/2013 8:31:52 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: null and void

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3 posted on 03/29/2013 8:31:58 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: BenLurkin

Our Constitution is anti-government.


4 posted on 03/29/2013 8:34:21 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (PRISON AT BENGHAZI?????)
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To: LibWhacker

If I wasn’t already watched just for being here ,, my recent change in party affiliation to TEA Party surely has me on their s-list.


5 posted on 03/29/2013 8:35:53 PM PDT by Neidermeyer (I used to be disgusted , now I try to be amused.)
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To: LibWhacker
With at least 72 fusion centers across the US and technology that could further infringe upon privacy rights, government agencies will be able to more efficiently collect data on Americans solely for exercising their freedom of speech.

Ah. I finally understand where all the ammunition is going.

6 posted on 03/29/2013 8:35:54 PM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: LibWhacker

I guess speaking up is a crime....but being a black gangbanger is OK?


7 posted on 03/29/2013 8:46:59 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (GOP = Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: LibWhacker
The number of anti-government groups even hit a record high in 2012, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Many of these groups are ‘hate groups’ that express disdain for minorities.

Anti-government = Racist

WTF?

8 posted on 03/29/2013 8:53:31 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (PRISON AT BENGHAZI?????)
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To: LibWhacker

Obamanation Counterculture File.


9 posted on 03/29/2013 8:58:03 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Commune-Style Obama'care' violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: LibWhacker
Waves at the cameras.... HI MOM!

/johnny

10 posted on 03/29/2013 8:59:10 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: LibWhacker

So they’re investigating about 66% of the adult population. ;-)


11 posted on 03/29/2013 9:03:04 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

Good point!


12 posted on 03/29/2013 9:09:40 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

Exactly. These jackals definitely would’ve had Jefferson and Washington under surveillance and still don’t have the wit to understand that that means they are on the wrong side. Not just the side that’s going to lose, but the morally wrong side.


13 posted on 03/29/2013 9:13:06 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

Given modern abilities in data collection, this is dangerous.


14 posted on 03/29/2013 9:16:32 PM PDT by DNME (Without the Constitution, there is no legitimate U.S. government. Period.)
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To: LibWhacker

We don’t spy on Americans, just anti-government Americans
***Since guvmint is thoroughly infiltrated by leftists, statists, and communists, that means they spy on us.


15 posted on 03/29/2013 9:17:10 PM PDT by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: LibWhacker

Anti-government? How about anti-Big Brother? I happen to be anti-government in that respect.


16 posted on 03/29/2013 9:26:02 PM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: LibWhacker
those who appear to be a threat to the government

We could ask Christopher Dorner about how effective "those who appear to be a threat to the government" really are, except for the part where he got burned to hundreds of government agents on OT...

17 posted on 03/29/2013 9:26:03 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: DNME
this is dangerous.

Yes, it is.

Wait... have we specified which people exactly it's dangerous to?

Because it isn't dangerous to patriots. Pain in the ass, yes. But not fed to the pigs dangerous.

johnny

18 posted on 03/29/2013 9:27:25 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: LibWhacker
those who appear to be a threat to the government

We could ask Christopher Dorner about how effective "those who appear to be a threat to the government" really are, except for the part where he got burned to death by hundreds of government agents on OT...

19 posted on 03/29/2013 9:27:55 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: LibWhacker

It is a crime to put political stickers in public bathrooms and protest the death penalty?

Novel ....


20 posted on 03/29/2013 9:29:35 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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