Oct. 1, 2011
The above slide is from Oklahoma’s Fusion Center. When I first saw it, I remember thinking “is that a schoolhouse?!” It is indeed a schoolhouse. “Nontraditional” is apparently a euphemism for ‘formerly illegal’.
Fusion Centers were created to gather “intelligence” from all sources, including public schools.
Posted by jwmartinez ⋅ September 28, 2011
Because we have agreed (or at least not opposed) the idea that security is the most important pursuit of our government, surveillance that was once reserved for suspects now extends to most of the population.
From the Oklahoma Information Fusion Center website; The Education Sector is comprised of organizations and businesses that are responsible for the education of children and adults. Entities within this community are a valuable resource that can provide information related to suspicious activities occurring on and around school grounds and campuses. Primary and secondary schools, post-secondary schools, colleges and universities, and technical schools are entities that are a part of this community
“If you try to create too much security in a school setting, you are going to make it a branch of the law enforcement enterprise instead of a branch of the educational enterprise” –Frank Zimring, a a University of California at Berkley law professor.
That is a “BINGO!” statement there. But read the rest of the article that the quote was taken from. It is an eye opener.
Here is one of the most interesting parts;
In one of the more controversial areas of the grant solicitation, the NIJ states that “non-cooperative” identification and tracking is preferred over a “cooperative” system. A non-cooperative identification system captures and tracks personal or biometric data automatically, without a person knowing that they have been screened by a surveillance system
Don’t like the way this is heading? Now would be a great time to speak up!
Call your school and ask what information the school shares with law enforcement and under what circumstances.
You have a right to know what information is being collected on your child, you have a right to know who they are sharing that information with, you have a right to make sure the data is accurate and you should have an opportunity to correct any inaccuracies.