Remember: The Only Good Fusion Center is a Star.

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Much of this text is excerpted from the EFF’s newly issued excellent report and FAQ on Fusion Centers.

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On April 10, activists across the country will be participating in “Stop the Spy Centers: a National Day of Action Against Fusion Centers.” These activists have three demands:

  • Shut down fusion centers.
  • De-fund fusion centers.
  • Release all suspicious activity reports and secret files.


In Oakland, there will be a protest rally against Fusion Centers and the Domain Awareness Center (Oakland’s own Fusion Center). There are 78 recognized fusion centers listed on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) website.

We’ll also be protesting illegal activities Oakland’s Police Department partake of such as using Stingray, a portable spy system that can track all cell phone usage within a certain area.


The rally will take place at 6:00 PM in the amphitheater at Oscar Grant Plaza.

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Fusion centers are a local arm of the so-called “intelligence community,” the 17 intelligence agencies coordinated by the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). The government documentation around fusion centers is entirely focused on breaking down barriers between the various government agencies that collect and maintain criminal intelligence information.

The government defines suspicious activity reporting (SAR) as “official documentation of observed behavior reasonably indicative of pre-operational planning related to terrorism or other criminal activity.” SARs can be initiated by law enforcement, by private sector partners, or by “see something, say something” tips from citizens. They are then investigated by law enforcement.

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SARs do no meet legally cognizable standards for search or seizure under the Fourth amendment. National SAR standards include innocuous activities such as:

  • taking pictures or video of facilities, buildings, or infrastructure in a manner that would arouse suspicion in a reasonable person
  • demonstrating unusual interest in facilities, buildings, or infrastructure beyond mere casual or professional (e.g. engineers) interest such that a reasonable person would consider the activity suspicious.

Examples include observation through binoculars, taking notes, attempting to measure distances, etc.

These standards are clearly ripe for abuse of discretion.

 

Come add your voice to protest!


On April 10, activists across the country will be participating in “Stop the Spy Centers: a National Day of Action Against Fusion Centers.” These activists have three demands:

  • Shut down fusion centers.
  • De-fund fusion centers.
  • Release all suspicious activity reports and secret files.


In Oakland, there will be a protest rally against Fusion Centers and the Domain Awareness Center (Oakland’s own Fusion Center). We’ll also be protesting illegal activities Oakland’s Police Department partake of such as using Stingray, a portable spy system that can track all cell phone usage within a certain area.


The rally will take place at 6:00 PM in the amphitheater at Oscar Grant Plaza. (Facebook Event & RSVP)

 

Remember:

The only good DAC is a dead DAC!

The only good Fusion Center is a star.

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