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Why Being Called "Nice" Hasn't Cooled My Heels, or DHS Fervor to Collect Civilian Data

Amid Rasmussen polls telling us what middle America already knows and CNN playing "nice", it behooves every freedom-minded individual to forget that we are a breath shy of being called "terrorists."

There are the various, sundry people, who - either because of ignorance or willful blindness to fairness -- will claim Timony McVeigh would have been "one of us" and that political terrorism begins before the act:

Would Timothy McVeigh be part of the Tea Party movement if he was still here today and had not been caught?  My guess is he would, and he would be welcomed with open arms.   That being said, I believe he was at one time a patriot---but the real question is; when does the delusional view of patriotism morph into terrorism---it starts long before the act of terrorism---I believe there are some loud voices out there that would view terrorism as patriotic to support their Ideology.

Then there are others will mindlessly repeatlefty organizations as they attempt to discredit you and I by labeling the conservative movement "political terrorism," as in exhibited politicalarticles.net's "Political Terrorism: We are Witnessing a Total Nervous Breakdown of Right-Wing America"

Erick Boehlert of Media Matters For America Writes.. Honestly, unless you’ve been monitoring the ticking time bomb that is the far-right media in recent days, you probably don’t appreciate how frighteningly possible that cultish scenario has become, as the GOP Noise Machine, led by Fox News, publicly suffers a nervous breakdown. It’s a mental and emotional collapse that’s been advertised in recent days as cablers, radio talkers, and right-wing bloggers have reached for increasingly hysterical, often blood-curdling rhetoric..

Regardless of the fickle leftist tide and whether or not we are blatantly called "political terrorists" in the media, we can well depend on the culling, categorizing and cataloging of our information “in case” the state decides we are a risk to the state.

On July 2009, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John O. Brennan released a memo to heads of departments and agencies asking for their "dedicated commitment and senior-level attention" to "information sharing and access throughout the government."

Brennan described the Obama Administration's objective as well-pronounced and centered beyond fighting terrorism:

"This priority extends beyond terroris-related issues, to the sharing of information more broadly to enhance the national security of the United States and the safety of the American people."

Brennan sent that memo to the Secretaries of State, Treasury, Defense, Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, Labor, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, Energy, Education, Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security; the Directors of the Office of Management and Budget, National Intelligence and the FBI; the Administrator for the EPA, and the Attorney General.

This information sharing is replicated at 72 fusion centers across the nation as they themselves harvest citizen-intelligence and funnel that information to the an Information Sharing Environment --an ISE. The ISE has no Congressional oversight, and sits directly under the auspices of the Executive Office:

In response to the 9/11 Commission’s Recommendations, the Congress passed and the President signed the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004.. the law required the President to designate a Program Manager for the ISE and establish an Information Sharing Council to advise the President and the Program Manager on the development of ISE policies, procedures, guidelines, and standards, and to ensure proper coordination among Federal departments and agencies participating in the ISE.   

Under the Obama Administration, the Information Sharing Council has been integrated into the White House policy process through the Information Sharing and Access Interagency Policy Committee (IPC), so that the important work of the ISC will move forward under the auspices of the Executive Office of the President. 

If we were once concerned about the invasion of privacy through, say, nationaled healthcare,and our personal information going live online, consider how else our data is being collected:

The federal Fusion Center Guidelines recommend that state fusion centers collect information on myriad issues: “Agriculture, Food, Water and the Environment, Banking and Finance, Chemical Industry and Hazardous Materials, Criminal Justice, Retail, Real Estate, Education, Emergency Services (Non-Law Enforcement), Energy, Government, Health and Public Health Services, Hospitality and Lodging, Information & Telecommunications, Military Facilities and Defense Industrial Base, Postal and Shipping, Private Security, Public Works, Social Services, [and] Transportation”[22] State fusion centers can find this data by accessing a variety of systems, such as:

1. “Driver’s license,

2. Motor vehicle registration,

3. Location information (411, addresses, and phone numbers),

4. Law enforcement databases,

5. National Crime Information Center (NCIC),

6. Nlets — The International Justice and Public Safety Information Sharing Network, and the Terrorist Screening Center (TSC),

7. Criminal justice agencies,

8. Public and private sources (Security Industry databases, Identity Theft databases, Gaming Industry databases),

9. Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS)/Law Enforcement Online (LEO), U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN), including the United States Private-Public Partnership (USP3) – formerly HSIN-CI. (Note: RISS, LEO, and DHS’s HSIN are currently collaborating on a network capability.),

10. Organizational and association resources (InfraGard, The Infrastructure Security Partnership),

11. Corrections,

12. Sex offender registries,

13. Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (VICAP),

1***4. Health- and Public Health-Related Databases (Public Health Information Network, Health Alert Network).”[23] ***

The actual 2007 fusion center guidelines cited are here.

Coupled with DHS's Right-wing Extremism report from last spring, and the fusion centers through which “behavioral” incidents are collected at the local level, this information gathering mandate from high-up guarantees conservatives who exercise their right to free speech no longer have measurable freedoms as private citizens.

Bsaedon the fact that the ISE, via the fusion centers, sit under the auspices of the Executive Office, we can rest assured the President knows everything, considering his "highest priority is to keep the American people safe."

 

 

 

 

 

Apply for a Grant & Spy on Your Neighbor - DHS Intelligence Off the Books

No news yet on efforts by the DHS to establish a National Fusion Center Program Office for the purpose of Congressional oversight, despite a March 19 report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) saying

"The establishment and operation of these offices will be of interest to Congress." 

According to the Information Sharing Environment (ISE), a purveyor of the President's Information Sharing Council  through which all 72 fusion centers in the nation are integrated, the Obama Administration moved the auspices of the ISE under Executive Office Control: 

In response to the 9/11 Commission's Recommendations, the Congress passed and the President signed the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004.. the law required the President to designate a Program Manager for the ISE and establish an Information Sharing Council to advise the President and the Program Manager on the development of ISE policies, procedures, guidelines, and standards, and to ensure proper coordination among Federal departments and agencies participating in the ISE.   

Under the Obama Administration, the Information Sharing Council has been integrated into the White House policy process through the Information Sharing and Access Interagency Policy Committee (IPC), so that the important work of the ISC will move forward under the auspices of the Executive Office of the President. 

One way to lure the program back under Congressional oversight: "sustainment funding": 

Currently, funds from the State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSGP) and Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) are used to support state and local fusion centers. These grant programs are managed within DHS by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Grant Programs Directorate (GPD). 

Apparantly, the $250 million allocated to fusion centers via Stimulus I won't last long.  

You can receive a chunk of that stimulus money, while the fusion centers are still officially off the Congressoinal Books and in the Executive Office pocket, by applying for a Category 8 "Fusion Center support" competitive National Information Sharing Initiative grant through the DOJ's Bureau of Justice.  

Call yourself a "local public and private entity, for-profit/commercial [sorry, no interns] org, nonprofit org, faith-based and community organization, institution of higher education, federally-recognized Indian tribal government, or a unit of local government that support national initiatives to improve the functioning of the criminal justice system,"  with the desire to "improve the functioning of the criminal justice system," through an "all crimes" approach and you're in.  

Your focus should be on developing a program: 

to enable fusion centers to improve support to smaller cities, towns, tribes, and rural counties in identifying public safety issues and providing information and analytical assistance to help the local law enforcement agencies more effectively prevent crime both within their community and across juridictional boundaries. 

[You] will support the development of a nationwide strategy for implementation and support for intelligence-led policing methods to enable collaboration between fusion centers and local, state, and tribal partners. Preference will be given to applicants that target and address the needs of smaller departments and those with limited resources. 

[Your]  program will focus on identification of fusion center and local law enforcement partnerships that will implement collaborative technology solutions, evaluate results, and then promote business practices and technology solutions that can be replicated by other fusion centers across the country.

In other words, if you're a fan of Law and Order and watch 24, well-connected, are a people-person who can talk with small-town folk and you've a pre-crime idea that can go national, you, too, can receive up to $750,000! 

Turning in your neighbor never looked so good .. in this economy.

Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global) Advisory Committee (GAC) Mtg Today- Were You and I Discussed?

Just about now, the spring 2010 Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global) Advisory Committee (GAC) has concluded their bi-annual meeting on global information sharing that begins at the local level.

The GAC met in October of last year.

Some of what was discussed included AG Eric Holder's commitment "in getting the Global message out," DHS's concern in sustaining funding for fusion centers (of which there is currently no Congressional oversight), and of particular note, the Nationwide SAR (Suspicious Activity Report) Intiative:

a historic partnership among local,state, tribal and federal agencies (including BJA, DOJ, DHS, FBI,and the US Department of Defense). The NSI establishesa national capacity to accomplish what law enforcement agencies have been trying have been doing for years --gathering information regarding behaviors and incidents associated with crime to, "connect the dots" -- and establishes a standardized approach to sharing information with the goals of detecting and preventing criminal activity, including terrorism-related activities .. [by] developing relationship among police, fusion centers, and the communities they serve (particularly immigrant and minority communities) to best address the challenges of crime control and prevention of terrorism. 

Additionally, with the same goal of informing and integrating the community in prevention efforts .. a video in support of the iWATCH, a community awareness program created to educate the public about behaviors and activities that may indicate terrorism [was shown].

 

Gathering information regarding behaviors.

Goals of detecting and preventing criminal activity including terrorism-related activites.

In ways to address crime control and prevention of terrorism.

You and I are participating in a massive social experiment at the behest of the Justice Deparment and the Executive Office.

Since the Obama Administration has declared there is no longer a War on Terror and has decided to ban the use of the terms "radical jihadist" and "Islamic extremist", will the newly defined threat to the state be thought of in terms of political and racial ideology? Political terrorism to replace what was once thought of as religious-based terrorism?

Why does the Department of Homeland Security continue to exist if the United States has eliminated the WOT?

And if there is no longer exists a hunt for terrorism, why are there information-gathering mechanisms in place to "control" and "prevent" crime? Is monitoring pre-crime their target? Pre-crime by whom? You and I?

Considering today's political environment, the tea party movement or other "homegrown radicalizations" surely would have been mentioned at today's GAC meeting.

Perhaps they discussed the methods of "new chatter" through social media, and how you and I may have inadvertantly incited a "flash mob" when we retweeted or updated our Facebook pages.

I look forward to reading about this in the New York Times.

Trasparency we can hope for, if Freedom of the Press still exists.

The DHS Memo: Are YOU On The List?

World Net Daily has published an article which includes the March 26, 2009 interdepartmental memorandum prepared by DHS for local law enforcement regarding the "extremist" groups of potential domestic terrorists.  The list is so lengthy it took over 10 pages in order to outline them all. 

You most likely are on the list, since it doesn't appear they left anyone out, unless you are a government employee drone or work in the mainstream media.

There was an interesting paragraph regarding who it was that actually identified these potential terrorists groups:

"Definitions were derived from a variety of open source materials andunclassified information, then further developed during facilitated workshops withDHS intelligence analysts knowledgeable about domestic, non-Islamic extremism inthe United States."

I wonder if these "intelligence analysts" got their degrees online?  There is now an online university that is cashing in on this booming surveillance industry offering courses that can be completed in the comfort of your own home for less than it costs for two years at the average technical college.

The memo, Ms. Napoliano claims, was immediately yanked.  But, of course, it does appear that many local and state authorities mustn't have gotten that message prior to the Missouri memo surfacing, nor was it addressed in any fundamental way after the tea parties, other than apologies made to the American Legion, a Congressionally created veterans organization.

http://www.tdbimg.com/files/2009/04/30/-hsra-domestic-extremism-lexicon_165213935473.pdf

DHS and HR 2159

 

The purpose of the terrorist definitions in the Department of Homeland Security report entitled "Rightwing Extremism Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment"and the DHS Lexicon take on new meaning. A larger coordinated back door attack on Constitutional rights emerges when you consider them with a new bill from U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.).

Introduced April 29, 2009 is a bill, H.R. 2159 called "Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2009." The correlation between this legislative action and the DHS policy becomes somewhat ominous when you consider parts of the bill. The bill H.R. 2159 states in part:

"the Attorney General the authority to deny the sale, delivery, or transfer of a firearm or the issuance of a firearms or explosives license or permit to dangerous terrorists. . . . if the Attorney General determines that the transferee is known (or appropriately suspected) to be or have been engaged in conduct constituting, in preparation for, in aid of, or related to terrorism, or providing material support thereof, and the Attorney General has a reasonable belief that the prospective transferee may use a firearm in connection with terrorism."

Supporters of the bill are the author, U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), and his bill's co-sponsors, Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.), Mike Castle (R-Del.), Jim Moran (D-Va.), Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), Mark Kirk (D-Ill.), and Chris Smith (R-N.J.).

On the face of it, this bill sounds like an innocuous law that will only make us safer. But as Benjamin Franklin said "Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

If you are in a category in the DHS report that is "appropriately suspected" of being a terrorist, this bill will allow any Attorney General to deny you of your 2nd Amendment right. The DHS report classifies Pro-Life (51% of the American people in the latest survey), supporters of limited government, supporters of the Second Amendment, Military veterans, and people who don't apologize for America being number one in the world, as potential right wing terrorists.

If you are in that list, let your Congress person know what you think of their attempt to back door the removal of your Constitutional rights. Apparently some of them do not seem to understand who works for who.

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) in response to recent gun control defeats proclaimed that ordinary Americans and gun control advocacy groups are consistently outflanked by gun owners' groups, like the National Rifle Association. What she fails to realize is that the NRA consists of her employers, the 'ordinary American'.

Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), upset at her fellow employees of the 'ordinary American' for losses of gun control legislation said "It has to do with being afraid they'll lose their election if they stand up against guns,". That's right Rep. Woolsey, if you do not do what your employers want, you get fired.

Use the link here to find out who your Congress person is and let them know what you think.

Write your Congress person.

Protect your rights from being chipped away. Remember, they are from the government and they are trying to help you.

Consider also, the title of Senator, the title of Representative, the title of President, they are not titles of Rulers. They are titles of service. Service to you, the people.

The Second Amendment, part of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, is not just a Right to hunt. It is not just a Right to self defense from criminals. It is a Duty for each person to keep so that Tyranny is always kept at bay. Just having this Right ensures all of your other Rights. Without it, none of your other Rights will last.

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Abuses Under The FISA Regulations Revealed & The DHS Report(s) On Extremism

The New York Times reports that the wiretaps performed by the Bush administration exceeded what was allowed under the law:

The National Security Agency intercepted private e-mail messages and phone calls of Americans in recent months on a scale that went beyond the broad legal limits established by Congress last year, government officials said in recent interviews.

Several intelligence officials, as well as lawyers briefed about the matter, said the N.S.A. had been engaged in “overcollection” of domestic communications of Americans. They described the practice as significant and systemic, although one official said it was believed to have been unintentional…

While the N.S.A.’s operations in recent months have come under examination, new details are also emerging about earlier domestic-surveillance activities, including the agency’s attempt to wiretap a member of Congress, without court approval, on an overseas trip, current and former intelligence officials said.

After a contentious three-year debate that was set off by the disclosure in 2005 of the program of wiretapping without warrants that President George W. Bush approved after the Sept. 11 attacks, Congress gave the N.S.A. broad new authority to collect, without court-approved warrants, vast streams of international phone and e-mail traffic as it passed through American telecommunications gateways. The targets of the eavesdropping had to be “reasonably believed” to be outside the United States. Under the new legislation, however, the N.S.A. still needed court approval to monitor the purely domestic communications of Americans who came under suspicion.

In recent weeks, the eavesdropping agency notified members of the Congressional intelligence committees that it had encountered operational and legal problems in complying with the new wiretapping law, Congressional officials said.

Officials would not discuss details of the overcollection problem because it involves classified intelligence-gathering techniques. But the issue appears focused in part on technical problems in the N.S.A.’s ability at times to distinguish between communications inside the United States and those overseas as it uses its access to American telecommunications companies’ fiber-optic lines and its own spy satellites to intercept millions of calls and e-mail messages.

One official said that led the agency to inadvertently “target” groups of Americans and collect their domestic communications without proper court authority. Officials are still trying to determine how many violations may have occurred.

Glenn Greenwald further discusses these revelations. Andrew Sullivan notes the hypocrisy of many right wing bloggers. While they ignore real civil liberties violations under Bush, they have been distorting a report on right wing extremism to raise bogus civil liberties concerns regarding the Obama administration. It is also notable that nobody made a fuss over a Department of Homeland Security report on left wing extremism which was declassified in January (pdf of report here). Both the reports on left wing and right wing extremism were prepared by a Bush appointee.

 

Department of Homeland Security Is Watching Us Rightwing Extremists

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Department of Homeland Security  (DHS) Watching Us Right-Winger Extremists - Who Dare To Speak OutCalling Us "Rightwing Terrorists"Wednesday April 15, 2009 - Debra J.M. Smith - www.InformingChristians.com 

"The DHS/Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) has no specific information that domestic rightwing* terrorists are currently planning acts of violence, but rightwing extremists may be gaining new recruits by playing on their fears about several emergent issues. The economic downturn and the election of the first African American president present unique drivers for rightwing radicalization and recruitment."The above is an excerpt from our own Department of Homeland Security's report on us right-wingers, here in the good ol' USA, the land of the free. Yes, the office that is designed to watch for real terrorists have decided to call right-wingers who dare to speak out, "rightwing terrorists!"

Well, here I am! Come and get me!I am a bonafide, certified, true to the Lord, only one way and that's God's way, right-wing extremist! Yes, this Christian activist is proud to be a right wing-extremist.  Click Here

 

Breaking: DHS Declares Wyoming Terrorist State

(Satirical New Service Wire) SNN has learned that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano has decided to place the state of Wyoming on the domestic state sponsors of terrorism list. This list, modeled on a similar list of national terrorism sponsors maintained by the State Department, was created to better prepare the nation against domestic terrorist threats.

When asked about the designation, Secretary Napolitano stressed that she had no choice in the designation. "The recent DHS report on Rightwing Extremism made it clear that this is a risk that we as a country cannot ignore. Wyoming is a boiling cauldron of ethnic hatred -- Whites, Sioux, Hispanics. These groups have been at war for hundreds of years and we cannot allow that to spill out into the country as a whole." She also stressed that the report wasn't a political document, but was assembled by the department's career security professionals. "These people have no political axe to grind. Their only job is to protect the American people."

Secretary Napolitano was joined by Obama Budget Chief Peter ORszag. Noting that Wyoming has projected a budget surplus for 2009 he stated "This type of national terrorism cannot be tolerated. In today's economy, budget deficits are patriotic. Wyoming's lack of participation harms all Americans."

In a written statement, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton agreed with the designation. "During the recent campaign, my plan to campaign in Wyoming was thwarted on our approach to the Cheyenne airport. Sniper fire was common at the airport, and the decision was made that the risk was too great to land. We diverted to Butte, Montana and drove to Wyoming for the campaign event."

The consequences of the designation are currently unclear. Currently FEMA personnel are en route to Wyoming to setup monitoring centers. "We will stay on top of the situation" said Secretary Napolitano, "We want to be proactive in dealing with these situations as they arise."

 

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