Dec. 21, 2010
The Washington Post’s in depth investigation on “Top Secret America” and especially the latest installment “Monitoring America” has brought many of us who have been anxiously and painstakingly documenting the rise of the surveillance state in our country over the last several years, a strange sense of relief.
Only a little over year ago concerned Oklahoman residents were raising the alarm over legislation to allow the DPS commissioner to grant direct electronic access to our biometric data and other personal information to law enforcement or other state entities. Examples
The “New Paradigm” and its offspring, including state fusion centers.
“Fusion Centers are federally funded and the very purpose for their existence, as evidenced by the documents that describe the core concept of Fusion Centers, is to promote “seamless “information sharing across the board.”
Now that the major media has called it, I am hoping that the people and their state government will face the facts and get to work putting this genie back into its bottle.
OK-SAFE deserves a big “Thank You” for leading and continuing to lead the charge on this and other important issues.
Let me be the first to say- Thank you OK-SAFE!
The case OK-SAFE has been building and advancing for three years has finally made it to the mainstream media – the government is monitoring the American people.
State and Federal Representatives have steadfastly scoffed at the idea.
A Washington Post article entitled Monitoring America offers a window into the deceptive nature of our government.
“Nine years after the terrorist attacks of 2001, the United States is assembling a vast domestic intelligence apparatus to collect information about Americans, using the FBI, local police, state homeland security offices and military criminal investigators.
The system, by far the largest and most technologically sophisticated in the nation’s history, collects, stores and analyzes information about thousands of U.S. citizens and residents, many of whom have not been accused of any wrongdoing.
The government’s goal is to have every state and local law enforcement agency in the country feed information to Washington to buttress the work of the FBI, which is in charge of terrorism investigations in the United States.”
Although the move toward integration of the entire justice system started years ago, fusion centers – doing away with barriers to information-sharing between the federal, state, local, and tribal levels – are greasing the wheels. More than 72 of the data-hubs exist in the U.S. and countless others are in operation globally. And they’re networked together.
Included in this global data collection network is SARS (Suspicious Activity Reporting System); the Eyes and Ears programs; and the “If You See Something, Say Something” effort advocated by the DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano.
On the state level, one incident reporting (think snitch) system includes Oklahoma’s SIBRS, the Statewide Incident Based Reporting System, the state’s version of NIBRS (National Incident-Based Reporting System.)
State incidents – both criminal and non-criminal – are instantly shared with the FBI, upon request.
Associations advancing the global integration of justice systems, law enforcement, and the private sector include the IACP (International Association of Chiefs of Police), IALEIA (International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts), and InfraGard, (partnership between the FBI and the private sector).