April 2, 2008
Call it Stasi, the American version, circa 2008. “The government is rounding up your cell phone numbers, insurance claims, credit reports, financial records, and the names of your associates and relatives and sharing them with law enforcement officials nationwide,” reports John Byrne for Raw Story. “So-called ‘fusion centers’ set up after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks collect, store and analyze commercial and public data on unknown millions of Americans. Little is known about the centers, though they received $254 million from the Department of Homeland Security between 2004 and 2007.”
In East Germany before our rulers decided the Berlin Wall must fall, the Stasi did much the same, although they didn’t have the sophisticated technology available to the mysterious “fusion centers” in the United States. But the idea was exactly the same — to ferret out dissidents and compile dossiers on every aspect of their lives.
The Ministry of Homeland Security, the FBI, the Pentagon, the CIA, the NSA — these folks are not interested in the coming and goings of apolitical Joe Sixpack, who is not a threat to the state. And the “fusion centers” are not gathering info on al-Qaeda — blond hair and blue eyes or otherwise — because there is no such thing, or only such a thing when the government decides it is time to scare witless adults and small children. No, the target here, as decades-long revelations about the FBI demonstrate, are people involved in the antiwar movement, the so-called patriot movement, environmentalists not funded by the Ford and Rockefeller foundations, that is to say anybody and everybody opposed to the government and not part of the fake opposition.
John Byrne continues:
Documents obtained by the Washington Post’s Robert O’Harrow Jr. for Wednesday’s papers reveal that the centers — which have flown beneath the public’s radar — have information that now includes unlisted cell phone numbers, insurance claims, driver’s license photographs, credit reports and even top-secret data systems at the CIA.
“Dozens of the organizations known as fusion centers were created after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to identify potential threats and improve the way information is shared,” O’Harrow says. “The centers use law enforcement analysts and sophisticated computer systems to compile, or fuse, disparate tips and clues and pass along the refined information to other agencies. They are expected to play important roles in national information-sharing networks that link local, state and federal authorities and enable them to automatically sift their storehouses of records for patterns and clues.”
The fusion centers also have subscriptions to information systems that provide information on Americans’ locations, financial holdings, associates, relatives and firearms licenses. (emphasis mine)
And why would the government — from the Pentagon, FBI, CIA down to the local cops — want to know your location and if you own firearms? It wouldn’t be because they may eventually decide you need to be rounded up and put in a special camp, would it? It wouldn’t have anything to do with a Katrina-styled door-to-door search for guns? It’s a heck of a lot easier to confiscate your weapons and violate the Second Amendment if the cops and mercenaries — excuse me, “contractors” — know where you are at all times, who you associate with, and where your guns are.
It’s a rhetorical question, of course. Government always, without exception, has a keen interest in keeping an eye on the opposition and, as the historical record shows, this obsession invariably leads to tyranny and concentration camps.
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