In at least 78 locations around the United States, the military, the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, local police departments, private contractors, and commercial business interests have set up joint operations centers that routinely violate our rights by spying on nonviolent activists.
RootsAction and Defending Dissent Foundation believe it's time to close the fusion centers. Click here.
Fusion centers facilitated a nationally coordinated effort, involving the Pentagon, to surveil and curtail the Occupy movement.
While spying on Occupy participants in Houston, the FBI learned of an assassination plot against them, but did not take action to prevent it, alert those in danger, or seek criminal prosecutions.
Protecting people doesn't seem to be the point; in fact fusion centers have proven to be a distraction from that task.
While failing to protect people at the Boston marathon, the local "fusion center" spent countless hours spying on the personal communications of nonviolent activists.
While failing to notice the online postings of a soon-to-be shooter in Santa Barbara, fusion centers on the West Coast have worked to prevent rallies and demonstrations.
Enough is enough. We need to end our foreign wars, and end the surveillance-industrial complex that's come with them at home. Click here to help us flood the government with emails we actually want it to read.
Fusion centers don't need to do a better job. They need to be disbanded. They waste huge amounts of money violating our rights, involving the military in law-enforcement, involving private companies in surveillance, and spreading war-like secrecy and unaccountability into state and local policy decisions.
Restore our rights to speech, assembly, and protest. Close the police-spy fusion centers now!
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> New York Times: Officials Cast Wide Net in Monitoring Occupy Protests
> Partnership for Civil Justice Fund: Out from the Shadows
> Defending Dissent: U.S. Army Illegally Infiltrated Anti-War Movement
> Democracy Now: Why Did FBI Monitor Occupy Houston, Then Hide Sniper Plot?
> DHS: Fusion Center Locations