Fusion center director: We don’t spy on Americans, just anti-government Americans


Law enforcement intelligence-processing fusion centers have long come under attack for spying on Americans. The Arkansas director wanted to clarify the truth: centers only spies on some Americans – those who appear to be a threat to the government.

In trying to clear up the ‘misconceptions’ about the conduct of fusion centers, Arkansas State Fusion Center Director Richard Davis simply confirmed Americans’ fears: the center does in fact spy on Americans – but only on those who are suspected to be ‘anti-government’.

Fusion center director We don’t spy on Americans, just anti-government Americans

“The misconceptions are that we are conducting spying operations on US citizens, which is of course not a fact. That is absolutely not what we do,” he told the NWA Homepage, which supports KNWA-TV and Fox 24.

After claiming that his office ‘absolutely’ does not spy on Americans, he proceeded to explain that this does not apply to those who could be interpreted as a ‘threat’ to national security. Davis said his office places its focus on international plots, “domestic terrorism and certain groups that are anti-government. We want to kind of take a look at that and receive that information.”

But the First Amendment allows for the freedom of speech and opinion, making it lawfully acceptable for Americans to express their grievances against the US government. The number of anti-government groups even hit a record high in 2012, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Many of these groups are ‘hate groups’ that express disdain for minorities. But unless they become violent, these groups are legally allowed to exist.

“We are seeing the fourth straight year of really explosive growth on the part of anti-government patriot groups and militias,” Mark Potok, senior fellow at the SPLC, told Mother Jones. “That’s 913 percent in growth. We’ve never seen that kind of growth in any group we cover.”

And with a record-high number of anti-government groups, fusion centers may be spying on more Americans than ever before – or at least, have the self-proclaimed right to do so.

“I do what I do because of what happened on 9/11,” Davis said. “There’s this urge and this feeling inside that you want to do something, and this is a perfect opportunity for me.”

But Davis’ argument is flawed: in order to determine whether or not someone is considered a threat to national security, fusion centers would first have to spy on Americans to weed out the suspected individuals, and then proceed to spy on the ‘anti-government’ individuals further.

Across the US, fusion centers have reported on individuals who conducted ‘crimes’ like putting political stickers in public bathrooms or participating in movements against the death penalty. In October, the bipartisan Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations finished a two-year investigation on fusion centers, only to find that the centers had directly violated constitutionally protected civil liberties.

“In reality, the Subcommittee investigation found that the fusion centers often produced irrelevant, useless or inappropriate intelligence reporting to DHS, and many produced no intelligence reporting whatsoever,”the report stated.

And the privacy violations could soon become worse: RT previously reported that the FBI’s proposed facial recognition project could provide fusion centers with more personal data to work with. With at least 72 fusion centers across the US and technology that could further infringe upon privacy rights, government agencies will be able to more efficiently collect data on Americans solely for exercising their freedom of speech.

Source: rt.com

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7 Responses

  1. SERF says:

    From this article it appears that Mr Davies is the first candidate for a brain transplant,and as chief of the FEMA camps surely he qualifies for an upgrade, like a monkey or rat should do . He is so tottaly absorbed in his own importance that he CANNOT distinguish between spying and his current occupation of SPYING on AMERICANS and IGNORING the 2nd A mendment and his stupid remark as to the people who are against the ‘GOVERMENT” That would thus cover nearly 80% of the population and anyone that has a single braincell, and that would therefore exclude anyone in goverment or DHS or FEMA or the police. SHAME , you have my condolences. HOLD on to the death penalty and use it on such geeks first.

  2. 5 War Veteran says:

    I am not an anti government American. I am an American that sees the need for a legal honest hard working government that works For The People. One voted into office without any voter fraud. However 18 states reporting massive voter fraud is not that now is it?
    At present the US Government works for the Corporate and Banking Elite.
    I fought for my country or so I was told. Now I see American rights being stolen by an uncontrolled political Elite that caters directly to a criminal Corporate elite.
    I am not the only one.

  3. Walter says:

    Hopefully they dont track us for reading this website!

  4. Observer says:

    If they produce no intelligence, the. It should be on opus they are there just to milk money from the US gov’t. So do they shut down the non Productive centers?

  5. Observer says:

    So anti death penalty is a threat ? I don’t get that. Why are they a threat? Wonder if I am on that list. A grandmother enjoying grand kids, and a regular person except I have witnessed, been part of a death penalty case. Not as much against the actual death penalty, but very much against allowing corruption in courtrooms where the death penalty is being enforced. I saw it, was part of it and have evidence
    Against the corrupt practices of our local gov’t. DA’s should not be allowed to blatantly purposefully lie on record in courts to judges just to get the decisions desired when invoking the ultimate penAlty of death. When this happens the system is creating more victims including the man that has to push the drugs into an inmates arm.
    Our gov’t, the medical industry, and prison industry is corrupt. Too much oversight on civilians and not enough on the gov’t enforcing and creating the laws. Even the Judge a knowledges that the FBI should not use citizens to do their job for them when they cannot do it themselves, the DA even placed her own evidence against her own lies on the court record telling on herself. If you are going to enforce the law go by the law in doing so. Don’t victimize more people with lies on stand creating more victims. This is just fanciful thinking on my part…. And as others say to justify their actions … Did the criminal. Murderer think of the victim! Well that is not justification for a DA to literally break the law to get a death sentence when going by the law would have done the same damn Thing. Corruption is so prevalent I this world…. Without God we would all be in hell if the government had their way. And the LA Supreme Court ruled there was no prejudice, or arbitrary factors!

    • 5 War Veteran says:

      You dear lady are the THREAT. Why?
      Because you remember a time when chemtrails did not exist.
      You remember a time when a man’s word was his bond. You remember a time when the news reported the truth.
      You remember a time when politicians actually kept campaign promises.
      You remember a time when lock on doors kept honest people honest and leaving them unlocked was not a reason for worry.
      You remember a time when leaving the keys in the car was not a reason to worry.
      You remember a time when the neighbor could knock on the door open it and yell yoo hoo and them come in
      You also remember the greatest lie. When JFK was murdered and it was blamed on some stupid kid and that kid yelled out “I am being set up!” He was, set up.
      You remember a time when medicines worked as they were supposed to and they did not come with “side effects” that included death.
      You also remember when we were told as a population that ships were attacked in the gulf of Tonkin and we as a people were riveted to the TV while tens of thousands enlisted to go to Viet Nam. Today we know that the Gulf of Tonkin incident was a blatant lie an event that never happened where 58 thousand of our brothers died.
      Just like you remember George Bush telling us on TV that the WTC was attacked by terrorists and Iraq had WMDs but here all these years later none have been found and George Bush denies ever telling us on live television that WMD existed.
      You see YOU are a threat to their lies as you are awake and paying attention.

      You are a threat because you talk about it. Not go back to being the good little Stepford wife and tell all your friends about that wonderful bathroom cleaner you love so much.

      Become the Sheeple they want you to be.

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