Terrorism Industry/ Fusion Centers

  • Transit ads linking Nazism and Islam may soon run in Philadelphia

    Source: Reuters. An ad campaign featuring an image of Adolf Hitler and linking Islam to Nazism could soon appear on Philadelphia-area buses after a court ruling this week that forces the regional transit authority to accept the campaign. The ad’s sponsor, political blogger Pamela Geller, said on Friday she was pleased by a ruling by Philadelphia District Court Judge Mitchell Goldberg that a rejection of the ads would violate her First Amendment right of free speech. Geller is the founder of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, which the Southern Poverty Law Center lists as an anti-Muslim hate group.

     
  • Fox News still falsely claiming Muslim leaders have been silent on Charlie Hebdo attack

    Source: PoliticusUSA. Since the attacks occurred on Wednesday, Fox News has been pushing this narrative, with hosts and commentators on numerous programs asking, “Where’s the outrage? Why won’t the Muslim world speak out against this violence?” As anyone familiar with Fox would expect, a large number of Muslim leaders and groups actually have condemned the attacks and provided official statements to that effect. Of course, that doesn’t fit the narrative Fox News is trying to push, so they’d prefer to ignore those statements. However, even though Fox would like to pretend Muslim leaders and organizations have not only been silent on these attacks, but are likely supportive of such actions, the reality is that dozens of state leaders, individuals and groups have spoken out against this heinous event.

     
  • What Zero Dark Thirty gets wrong about Guantánamo Lawyers

    Source: The Hill. To the film, Guantánamo lawyers are defending terrorists – are even complicit in their terrorism. Those lawyers, of course, are simply trying to uphold the Constitution in a place where people have been imprisoned without being charged with – let alone convicted of – anything. (Guantánamo may be the only place on Earth where lawyers try to have their clients charged with crimes.)

     
  • Profile of Pamela Geller

    Source: CAIR. The caustic mouthpiece of the Islamophobic movement.

     
  • Expose the Islamophobia industry

    Source: New York Daily News. The Islamophobia industry insists that it is not just a fringe minority who distort an otherwise peaceful faith. Instead, they point to the Koran and suggest that terrorists derive their world views from its messages. If that is so, these anti-Muslim agitators are guilty based on the logic of their own argument. After all, Breivik read and interpreted the writings of people like Spencer and Geller. He deciphered their diatribes much like Osama Bin Laden interpreted the Koran. Both men were compelled to act on the messages they digested.

     
  • What Does Your Fusion Center File Look Like?

    Source: Public Intelligence. Do you want to know what kind of information fusion centers are capable of compiling on you and your friends? A document contained in the recent Anonymous/AntiSec hack of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office provides a great deal of insight into what kind of information is gathered and processed by fusion centers at the request of local law enforcement. … [T]he document conveys the extent to which fusion centers and law enforcement are capable of exploiting both private and publicly available information for investigative purposes.

     
  • The spread of “Suspicious Activity Reporting”

    Source: Salon. Suspicious Activity Reporting asks citizens to keep an eye out on their neighbors — and it’s spreading.

     
  • Muslims call new religious freedom appointee a ‘puppet’ for Islam foes

    Source: Washington Post. Zuhdi Jasser, who lauded a controversial New York City police surveillance program that targeted Muslims and helped lead the opposition to an Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero, has been appointed to the commission, which advises the president, Congress and State Department on religious rights abuses internationally. “It would have been better to appoint someone who has some measure of credibility with Muslim Americans,” said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

     
  • Fearmonger does little to improve conversation on terrorism

    Source: Las Vegas Review Journal. Emerson, the executive director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, spent an hour last week with the Review-Journal editorial board and was accompanied by Elliot Karp, president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas. In the short time Emerson spent at the newspaper, he managed to indict a number of law enforcement institutions and officers as patsies for the Muslim Brotherhood and the Islamic extremists in our midst. That’s Emerson’s problem whether you believe he’s full of facts or fudge. His hyperbolic rhetoric plays well on the fundraising circuit, but it does nothing to forward the understanding of complex issues.

     
  • Finding Meaning In Suspicious Activity Reports

    Source: NPR. Finding Meaning In Suspicious Activity Reports by G.W. SCHULZ and ANDREW BECKER.
    At a fusion center in Las Vegas workers like Daniel Burns, a program coordinator, analyze suspicious activity reports. The suspicious activity reports submitted by the Mall of America’s security team frequently land at the Minnesota Joint Analysis Center, one of 72 “fusion centers” in the United States started with federal funding.