TLO’S AND FUSION CENTERS – ORWELLIAN NIGHTMARE IS HERE
Are you aware of what a TLO is ? Well you should know, and we’re going to tell you
Fusion Centers and TLO’s –
From pages 116 and 118 of the book , “A government of wolves, The emerging American Police State” (chapter 15 – The watchers and the watched.)
By John Whitehead
As if weren’t bad enough that the government is tracking individuals electronically, we’re also being subjected to the peering, watching eyes of Terrorism Liaison Officers. (TLOs) TLOs are firefighters, police officers and even corporate employees that are sprinkled across the country and have received training to spy on their fellow citizens reporting back to government entities on their day to day activities .
They are entrusted to report “suspicious activity”, which includes taking pictures with no apparent ascetic value, making measurements and drawings, taking notes, conversing n code, espousing radical beliefs, and buying items in bulk.
TLOs report back to “fusion centers” where information is aggregated into government computers and pieced together to create profiles of citizens.
Then information analysts determine if there are any individuals worth tracking down.
“Fusion Centers”, which integrate local police and federal intelligence agencies, are a driving force behind the government’s quest to collect,analyze and disseminate information on American citizens. Fusion centers grew dramatically between the fiscal years of 2004 and 2008 with the help of more than $327 million in tax-payer-provided funding.
Virtually every state has a fusion enter in operation or formation. More than seventy such data collecting agencies are already spread throughout the country, constantly monitoring our communications, everything from our internet activity and web searches to text messages,phone calls, and emails. This data is then fed to the government agencies which are now interconnected: the CIA to the FBI, the FBI to local police.
Too often, the partnership between law enforcement officials and fusion centers gives rise to procedures lacking in transparency and which skate alarmingly close to the edge of constitutional prohibitions against unreasonable searches, when they’re not flouting them altogether.
Equally problematic is the fact that there is no nationally recognized structure for a fusion center, so each fusion center essentially establishes its own protocol, a shortcoming acknowledged by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
The information gathered at these fusion centers travels not only up the chain of command, but down as well, and flows throughout the country. All of this information-sharing from a vast number of sources means that a police officer in Washington State can tap into the traveling or shopping habits of someone, innocent or not, in Florida.
On top of the extreme level of information-sharing among government entities, there has been a strong push to get private corporations to work with the government on information gathering .Boeing, the country’s largest aircraft manufacturer and second largest defense contractor, has pushed to take part in intelligence gathering, going so far as to try placing one of their representatives at the Washington Joint Analytical Center (WAJAC),a massive fusion center in Washington State. Starbucks,Alaska Airlines , and Amazon have also expressed interest in working with the WAJAC.
John Whitehead Discusses ‘A Government of Wolves’
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