Terrorism Industry/ Fusion Centers

  • 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.

     
  • To Fight Radical Islam, U.S. Wants Muslim Allies

    Source: New York Times. To Fight Radical Islam, U.S. Wants Muslim Allies by SCOTT SHANE.
    A National Security Council expert on extremism who helped devise the new strategy, Quintan Wiktorowicz, said the administration was aware of “inaccurate training” on Islam for law enforcement officers. He said the administration would compile “gold standard” materials to be posted on the Web for officials to draw upon. A January study by a liberal research group found a pattern of misleading and inflammatory training about Islam across the country, and a 2009 F.B.I. training document obtained recently by the American Civil Liberties Union gave a provocative account of Islam.

     
  • ‘Ex-terrorist’ rakes in homeland security bucks

    Source: CNN.com. ‘Ex-terrorist’ rakes in homeland security bucks by Drew Griffin and Kathleen Johnston.
    Walid Shoebat had a blunt message for the roughly 300 South Dakota police officers and sheriff’s deputies who gathered to hear him warn about the dangers of Islamic radicalism.
    In tax records filed by Davies, the Forum for Middle East Understanding reported 2009 earnings from speaking engagements, videos and book sales of more than $560,000. The documents are thin on specifics, and so is Shoebat.