If you think that discussions about “fusion centers” is solely the domain of folks wearing tinfoil hats you might want to see what the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has to say about the Florida Fusion Center.
The first time I heard the term “fusion center” I thought it was a joke. Then I started reading what the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement had to say about these places. They are very real.
Oddly enough, I’ve asked several well regarded journalists about “fusion centers” and not one has ever heard of them. That’s not a criticism. Until very recently I had never heard of them either.
The idea that there are more than seventy “fusion centers” around the United States collecting data on law abiding Americans is frightening and outrageous. These places don’t collect data on criminals, they collect data on folks that do all sorts of normal everyday things.
Recently, PBS’s Frontline had an informative segment about fusion centers.