I had the opportunity to take a tour of the Oklahoma Information Fusion Center along with about 15 or so other interested people on Tuesday evening. Director of OSBI, Dewade Langley along with about 6 other OSBI agents/employees generously stayed after hours to give a an informational presentation and tour of the center.
OIFC is proud of their efforts to flesh out their privacy guidelines that began with only several pages.
While I am happy to know that the officials worked so hard and gave the policy a lot of thought, OIFC like every other Fusion Center that I am aware of, created the fusion centers first and the privacy policies last. That seems to be a backwards way of handling the creation of a new intelligence center with a mission larger in scope that any we have seen before
“Leaders must move forward with a new paradigm on the exchange of information and intelligence.”
—Fusion Center Guidelines
The tour took only a short time. We were shown the “watch room” that has 4 tv screens displaying various news stations from local to Al Jazeera. A wall sized screen displaying a global incident map of suspiciose events worldwide was displayed. I believe it is the same one as this one, available online at; http://www.globalincidentmap.com/map.php which you must subscribe to get current, detailed information.
There was a small meeting room adjoining the watch room that connected to a large lab that had 2 big machines called “plotters” apparently the high tech alternative to old-fashioned butcher block paper that agents used to use. These are used for “link analysis”
We returned to the classroom for Q and A and also for a presentation on DNA and CODIS.
The OSBI allowed cameras and audio recording. Chris Emery and I will have more details tomorrow after media has been processed and I have had a chance to read the material given to us on the OIFC.
We will be having Stewart Rhodes as our guest tomorrow on Radio Free Oklahoma 8-10 CT and the Fusion Tour is sure to be discussed.
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Until then, here are a couple of points to ponder;
THE NEW PARADIGM—MERGING
LAW ENFORCEMENT AND
We know too that globalization is a permanent fact. The international economy is the engine of our nation, and the source of our wealth. This means more for law enforcement than is generally realized, even now. It means more than just police working new beats like container security, seaport security, airport security. It means that all the physical and conceptual walls associated with the modern, sovereign state—the walls that divide domestic from international, the police from the military, intelligence from law enforcement, war from peace, and crime from war—are coming down.
It means, in short, that police response to the new threats must be shaped by globalization, as surely as are the threats themselves.
The very notion of a local community is being transformed.
Thirty years ago, few police chiefs had to protect multinational corporations in their municipalities.
Today, many chiefs must secure the underpinnings of the most sophisticated economy on earth. The vast majority of this economy is not only in private hands, but also protected by private hands. If the need for police to partner with the private sector is therefore clear, the forms of these partnerships are still being forged.
The installation of cameras in Atlanta also offers an example of how police can partner financially with the private sector. The Atlanta Police didn’t put the cameras in themselves, nor did they pay for them. Rather, police leaders engaged business leaders in a dialogue. When business leaders asked what they could do to make the community safer, police suggested that that they put cameras up—and told them that if they did, police would emplace the monitors in their precincts. As a result, business leaders in one section of Atlanta raised $1 million to install video surveillance; in another, they raised about $400,000.
Increasing the amount of stop activity, using stealth cars or aggressive traffic enforcement, offers the chance for increased contact with terrorists and other criminals. Police in some areas are not exploiting this mechanism fully, due to profiling scandals and resulting consent decrees. Yet traffic enforcement provides a golden opportunity for contact with bad actors. Once police have made a constitutional motor-vehicle stop, they should have the ability, through training, to ask the kinds of questions that will help pinpoint terrorists.
Operation Shield Operation Shield
Pennsylvania gives its State Troopers special training to collect intelligence and to aggressively look for criminal violations during simple traffic stops. Operation Shield aims to helpofficers identify and interdict any fugitives, weapons contraband, and terrorists moving along Pennsylvania highways.
THE NEW PARADIGM—MERGING LAW
ENFORCEMENT AND COUNTERTERRORISM STRATEGIES
OK Fusion Center and the National Guard. Documents