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Surveillance Prgrams, Fusion Centers, and Misc. Police State Creep

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    Surveillance Prgrams, Fusion Centers, and Misc. Police State Creep

    I wanted to start with something recent, to demonstrate that the process is not only widespread, but ongoing.

    FBI ‘Going Dark’ with New Advanced Surveillance Program

    The proposed 2010 Justice Department budget published last week reveals the development of a new FBI advanced electronic surveillance program dubbed “Going Dark.” The program is being budgeted $233.9 million next year.

    According to the published budget summary (.pdf), the program “supports the FBI’s electronic surveillance (ELSUR), intelligence collection and evidence gathering capabilities, as well as those of the greater Intelligence Community.”

    An FBI spokesman told ABC News, which first reported the information, that the program’s name, Going Dark, “does not refer to a specific capability, but is a program name for the part of the FBI, Operational Technology Division’s (OTD) lawful interception program which is shared with other law enforcement agencies.” He added that “The term applies to the research and development of new tools, technical support and training initiatives.”

    The program is designed to help the agency address challenges with conducting surveillance over newish technologies, such as VoIP. The program is also doing research on automated link analysis to find connections between subjects of surveillance “and other investigative suspects.”

    The budget report also discusses a Biometric Technology Center that is being developed jointly by the FBI, Defense Department and Justice Department in conjunction with the University of West Virginia for research and development of biometric technologies. The center is located at the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division complex in Clarksburg, West Virginia.

    The biometric project will also encompass “a vast database of personal data including fingerprints, iris scans and DNA which the FBI calls the Next Generation Identification (NGI),” according to ABC, which could be online next year. Lockheed Martin has been awarded the contract to update and maintain the database at an estimated cost of up to $1 billion a year.

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    The FBI seems to act as a bridge between federal agencies like the DOD and CIA, and local law enforcement.  It has become unclear exactly who gets their information from where - but it's clear that if there ever was a wall (and that wall, was never tall), it's now completely and utterly gone, and it's very remains were used to build a new surveilance apparatus that obliterates previous separations of powers once considered wise, but in our modern era, rapidly becoming quaint.

    It seems like the FBI wasn't exactly punished after this little moment of token journalistic ourtage.....

     Documents show Pentagon now using FBI to spy on AmericansAssociated Press
    Published: Wednesday April 2, 2008

    ACLU obtains documents after suit over National Security Letters

    The military is using the FBI to skirt legal restrictions on domestic surveillance to obtain private records of Americans' Internet service providers, financial institutions and telephone companies, according to Pentagon documents.

    The American Civil Liberties Union expressed outrage at the new revelations, based its conclusion on a review of more than 1,000 documents turned over by the Defense Department after it sued the agency last year for documents related to national security letters, or NSLs, investigative tools used to compel businesses to turn over customer information without a judge's order or grand jury subpoena.

    "Newly unredacted documents released today reveal that the Department of Defense is using the FBI to circumvent legal limits on its own NSL power," said the ACLU, whose lawsuit was filed in Manhattan federal court.

    ACLU lawyer Melissa Goodman said the documents the civil rights group studied "make us incredibly concerned." She said it would be understandable if the military relied on help from the FBI on joint investigations, but not when the FBI was not involved in a probe.

    The FBI referred requests for comment Tuesday to the Defense Department. A department spokesman, Air Force Lt. Col. Patrick Ryder, said in an e-mail that the department had made "focused, limited and judicious" use of the letters since Congress extended the capability to investigatory entities other than the FBI in 2001.

    He said the department had acted legally in using a necessary investigatory tool and noted that "unusual financial activity of people affiliated with DoD can be an indication of potential espionage or terrorist-related activity."

    Ryder said the information in the ACLU claims came in part from an internal review of DoD's use of the letters.

    "We have since developed training and provided it to the services for their use," he said.

    He said that there was no law requiring it to track use of the letters but that the department had decided it was in its best interest to do so.

    Goodman, a staff attorney with the ACLU National Security Project, said the military is allowed to demand financial and credit records in certain instances but does not have the authority to get e-mail and phone records or lists of Web sites that people have visited. That is the kind of information that the FBI can get by using a national security letter, she said.

    "That's why we're particularly concerned. The DoD may be accessing the kinds of records they are not allowed to get," she said.

    Goodman also noted that legal limits are placed on the Defense Department "because the military doing domestic investigations tends to make us leery."

    In other allegations, the ACLU said:

    _ The Navy's use of the letters to demand domestic records has increased significantly since the Sept. 11 attacks.

    _ The military wrongly claimed its use of the letters was limited to investigating only Defense Department employees.

    _ The Defense Department has not kept track of how many national security letters the military issues or what information it obtained through the orders.

    _ The military provided misleading information to Congress and silenced letter recipients from speaking out about the records requests.

    Goodman said Congress should provide stricter guidelines and meaningful oversight of how the military and FBI make national security letter requests.

    "Any government agency's ability to demand these kinds of personal, financial or Internet records in the United States is an intrusive surveillance power," she said.

    Pentagon expected to close Rumsfeld-sparked spy office

    "The Pentagon is expected to shut a controversial intelligence office that has drawn fire from lawmakers and civil liberties groups who charge that it was part of an effort by the Defense Department to expand into domestic spying," the New York Times reports Wednesday. "The move, government officials say, is part of a broad effort under Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates to review, overhaul and, in some cases, dismantle an intelligence architecture built by his predecessor, Donald H. Rumsfeld."

    "The intelligence unit, called the Counterintelligence Field Activity office, was created by Mr. Rumsfeld after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks as part of an effort to counter the operations of foreign intelligence services and terror groups inside the United States and abroad," the Times adds. "Yet the office, whose size and budget is classified, came under fierce criticism in 2005 after it was disclosed that it was managing a database that included information about antiwar protests planned at churches, schools and Quaker meeting halls."

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    Documents show Pentagon now using FBI to spy on AmericansAssociated Press
    Published: Wednesday April 2, 2008

    Great - Now I hope this will allow the FBI to throw journalists in jail who obtain and divulge national security information to further their agenda and or purposly weaken this country which they seem to hate. Any way we can speed up the process?
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    Fusion Centers.  This is where the action happens.

    On Fox

    In LV

    General Info. Dump - Fusion Centers and Privacy

    Fusion Fun in Texas

    Fusion Fun in Virginia

    Madness in MO (the infamous MIAC report)

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    Fusion Centers were put into use for the DNC and RNC 2008 conventions. 

    Starting in Denver:

    Gets more interesting at the RNC.  And the story includes a woman interviewed in the previous piece - the one from I-Witness Video.  Her group films political protests, to prevent police brutality.  Their work in NYC in 2004 helped in hundreds of cases.  This put her on the radar...

    NYC - 2004

    In St. Paul

    Police Charge Activists with Terror, Under PATRIOT ACT

    DemocracyNow Reporters Arrested, Held..  Note the blurring of local/federal authorities, and the impunity with which they act....

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    This is a powerful and scary compilation of exposure of police abuse combined with the legal and quasi-legal systemic gathering of data on every aspect of every person's life in this country. Nothing is private - medical records, all financial transactions, cell phone and land line conversations, email, web browsing habits, magazine subscriptions, specific books purchased, any reports from neighbors, co-workers or anonymous persons are stored, compiled and available to a wide range of law enforcement groups under minimum restrictions.

    This video you linked to is a perfect example  of why I harp on the attack of 9/11.  They have used this event as a mandate to truly eliminate all of our privacy, our right of free assembly, our right of free speech, our right to own guns, and so much more you can't even list it all.

    All in the name of our supposed safety.  As Russell Porter, the Director of the Iowa Fusion Center states “We are safer, we are doing a better job, but we are not yet safe, and we have more work to do”.

    The truth is, we will never be safe, it is an impossible goal.  Additionally, the government is not empowered under the Constitution to keep us safe.  But they will relentlessly erode our freedoms and privacy, infiltrate peaceful groups and incite violence, and restrict our constitutional rights forever to pursue the goal that cannot be reached. 

    I have been closely associated with high technology since the first desktop PC was available, and have seen the exponential growth of processing power and data storage capabilities, and the constant improvements in the delivery systems.  I have had the feeling for years that this technology would be the chains to finally enslave all of humanity, and I think we have finally reached that point now.

    Their choice of "Going Dark" as the name for their new Enhanced Surveillance System is in-your-face appropriate.


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    Our ailing economy's new engine of growth and jobs... some of us employed to facilitate spying on Americans to keep Americans safe from the Booga-Booga Man, the rest of us working directly across the street at Wal*Mart. panopticon economy

    Surrounded by barbwire fencing, the anonymous yet massive building on West Military Drive near San Antonio’s Loop 410 freeway looms mysteriously with no identifying signs of any kind. Surveillance is tight, with security cameras surrounding the under-construction building. Readers are advised not to take any photos unless you care to be detained for at least a 45-minute interrogation by the National Security Agency, as this reporter was.

    There’s a strangely blurry line during such an interrogation. After viewing the five photos I’d taken of the NSA’s new Texas Cryptology Center, the NSA officer asked if I would delete them. When I asked if he was ordering me to do so, he said no; he was asking as a personal favor. I declined and was eventually released.

    America’s top spy agency has taken over the former Sony microchip plant and is transforming it into a new data-mining headquarters — oddly positioned directly across the street from a 24-hour Walmart — where billions of electronic communications will be sifted in the agency’s mission to identify terrorist threats.

    “No longer able to store all the intercepted phone calls and e-mail in its secret city, the agency has now built a new data warehouse in San Antonio, Texas,” writes author James Bamford in the Shadow Factory, his third book about the NSA. “Costing, with renovations, upwards of $130 million, the 470,000-square-foot facility will be almost the size of the Alamodome. Considering how much data can now be squeezed onto a small flash drive, the new NSA building may eventually be able to hold all the information in the world.”

    Bamford’s book focuses on the NSA’s transformation since 9/11, with the impetus for the new facility being a direct ramification of those attacks . At the time, the NSA had only about 7 percent of its facilities outside the Washington D.C./Baltimore area. But the realization that additional attacks could virtually wipe out the agency catalyzed a regional expansion. [See “Secret Agency Man,” November 5, 2008.]

    The new facility is a potential boon to the local economy since it’s reportedly going to employ around 1,500 people, but questions remain about whether there will be adequate oversight to prevent civil-rights violations like Uncle Sam’s recent notorious warrantless wiretapping program. The NSA would suggest the facility’s ability to sort through surveillance data is one of America’s top defenses against terrorist threats, but the NSA’s presence comes with concerns that abuse of its secretive power could see the agency become akin to the “Thought Police” of 1984, George Orwell’s classic novel depicting the nightmare of a total surveillance society — and all for nothing. Even as the facility is completed, a new government-backed report has concluded that data surveillance is an ineffective method for identifying potential terrorists or preventing attacks.



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    How many Obama worshippers so outraged at ELSUR under Bush think we are now getting warrants first now?

    No outrage from the Bush hating left?

    Hate to break it to his fathful, but transparency really is the appropriate term, just not how you figured. 

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    In a heartening story I discovered in my fun little search this morning, I came across a moment of brotherhood - the ACLU taking up the case for the Campaign for Liberty - with regards to a member of their staff who was held and harassed by DHS minions at an airport in MO - seemingly, thanks to the MIAC report (the cheeky little bugger managed to secretly record most of the private interrogation, which seemingly, was done legally, using his phone).

    In Rawstory


    FOX (longer discussion, with Judge Napalitano)

    This is what I hope we see more of.  Left and Right leaning, liberty minded organizations, recognizing their common desires.

    I'm hoping that groups like DemocracyNow and I-Witness video are there on the scene, should we see more Fusion Center Madness during the next election cycle (this time, the pre-emptive detentions might round up more righties), and I happen to think a lot of them will be.  It won't be all the usual Liberal suspects you see on TV - who might still be too dazzled (or plain 'ol pu55ified) to publicly question Obama yet, but the dedicated street activists aren't going to suddenly stay home, when you consider how many other them identify the 'enemy' as Globalism from a Neoliberal/Exploitation/Freedom slant - and this binds them to groups like Campaign for Liberty, who also are reflexively anti-Globalist from a Federalist/Sovereignty/Liberty angle.

    Baptist Preacher Fired Up about MIAC Report
    I thought this video was a good window into the grassroots fervor that will be tapped, and then will be up for us to help direct peacefully and in concert with the left.

    Dirty, dreadlocked hippies are going to have to find common ground with clean cut, Midwestern church groups.  This oughtta be good... I've been involved, positively, with both groups of people.  To me, the common ground is obvious, and achievable.  It lives in me, so I know it can exist. 

    The opportunity is imminent, for the lovers of freedom on either side of the spectrum, to start helping each other out - and we already are seeing it happen.  Wedge issues like abortion and gay rights might suddenly find themselves dropped from conversations, of necessity. 

    It's too bad Ron Paul had to get so old before he could start to have a national impact.  I still think he could get votes from the left, and help return conservatism to it's less pious roots.  As a political figure, he has the ability to appeal across the isle. 

    I hope that the Campaign for Liberty remains a grass roots organization, and doesn't attempt to nominate a new king, if Ron steps aside.


    You know what the worst part of these videos is?

    The average DHS employee...

     It seems like everyone who lacked the initiative to apply for work at the Post Office, and didn't quite have the charisma to work at the DMV, now has power over us.  We have EXACTLY the right kinds of undereducated, self important pr!cks, who now relish the opportunity to treat us like dirt, that any good dehumanizing bureaucracy could ever need.... I could see this coming in the airports years ago.  It was obvious that they didn't care about quality or efficacy, so much as uniforms, and procedures.  It's conditioning.  Or if you prefer, 'scaffolding' (for all you Vygotsky fans out there...)

    Incrementalism (the boiling frog thing is a medical myth, btw - so good riddance to an old cliche)


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    Now that the ball is rolling on surveillance, and the creeping 'security beurocracy'  (if police state sounds too much like a sci-fi flick)....

    Let's get to know PROMIS software.

    And P-Tech, from Indira Singh

    (she actually got help from Boston media, and Boston FBI, if you can believe it)

    This is from a mirror site made of the short-lived "Information Awareness Office"

    Some people say, this is where the stolen technology went, essentially.

    IAO Programs

    The program was immediately called out as too Big Brother, so it was broken down, renamed, redistributed, and now lives on in places like, Fusion Centers - which is their ultimate laboratory - the applied manifestation of their desired capabilities - the effort to achieve true, Total Information Awareness - 'preventive' policing. 

    FBI's Own TIA Program

    What's next- thought crimes?

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    Dennis Blair
    Director of National Intelligence

    Does this guy have too much power?  And when he has power, does he make good decisions?

    His role in East Timor

    On DemocracyNow

    East Timor is where Amy Goodman nearly got her skull bashed in covering protests.

    I'm pretty sure this selection has her firmly is the Skeptic camp on Obama, but like a good reporter, she's waiting for him to make more decisions before she comes out hard on his case.  But this appointment had to really make her mad.  DemocracyNow will not be partisan in its human rights coverage.

    The Director of National Intelligence (DNI), currently Admiral (Ret.) Dennis C. Blair, is the United States government official subject to the authority, direction and control of the President who is responsible under the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 for:

    Under 50 U.S.C. § 403-3a, it is desired that either the Director or the Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence be an active duty commissioned officer in the armed forces or have training or experience in military intelligence activities and requirements. No more than one officer can hold either position during the same term. The statute does not specifically state what rank the commissioned officer will hold during his tenure in either position, but trends lean towards an officer holding the rank of a four-star general or admiral.

    On July 30, 2008, President Bush issued Executive Order 13470[2] amending Executive Order 12333 to strengthen the role of the DNI.[3]

    DNI Powers Strengthened by Bush, 2008


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    Should, that guy, have oversight, over all of this?

    The IC consists of 16 members (also called elements). The Central Intelligence Agency is an independent agency of the United States government. The other 15 elements are offices or bureaus within federal executive departments. The IC is led by the Director of National Intelligence, whose office, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), is not listed as a member of the IC.