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