I am hardly one who agrees with the ACLU, but I do on their concern about “Fusion Centers”.
A new institution is emerging in American life: Fusion Centers. These state, local and regional institutions were originally created to improve the sharing of anti-terrorism intelligence among different state, local and federal law enforcement agencies. Though they developed independently and remain quite different from one another, for many the scope of their mission has quickly expanded – with the support and encouragement of the federal government – to cover “all crimes and all hazards.“
A government agency whose scope includes the word “all“, is alarming enough. Where are all the civil Libertarians, abortion supporters, and supposed privacy activists? Why aren’t they screaming about a government agency that has unlimited authority to collect and mine information on anybody it chooses without limit.
According to a report issued by the Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC) If you have political beliefs that the government considers out of the “mainstream”, read not liberal, you are a target of Fusion Centers and may even be classified as a domestic terrorist.
People who supported former third-party presidential candidates like Texas Rep. Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin and former Georgia Rep. Bob Barr are cited in the report, in addition to anti-abortion activists and conspiracy theorists who believe the United States, Mexico and Canada will someday form a North American Union.
Like the majority of liberal/government initiatives, the rationale behind considering Ron Paul supporters, members of a militia makes perfect sense.
“Militia members most commonly associate with 3rd party political groups,” the report reads. “It is not uncommon for militia members to display Constitutional Party, Campaign for Liberty or Libertarian material.”
Now I get it, being a Libertarian is a threat to liberty but publishing national security secrets is patriotic.
God help us!