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Comment from: Me. [Visitor] Email
I agree that there should be some sort of oversight system in place, possibly one that blankets all fusion systems, across the board, nationwide. I don't agree that the premise behind fusion centers is bad. Do we forget that we have been targeted, on our own ground, by terrorists? If the loss of some of my privacy prevents that from happening again, I'm ok with that. Seems like it's in the national interest anyway! I suggest to everyone, if you don't want to end up in te fusion center's database....don't do anything illegal....seems like an easy fix. And yes, Bill, I did see the statement about license plate scanning.....all I can say to that is that I have a legitimate reason for my car being parked in any given parking lot, and that that reason involves some perfectly LEGAL activity. Nothing to worry about in my case, and for every law-abiding citizen, nothing to worry about for them!
08/26/10 @ 10:46
Comment from: John Lingenfelder [Visitor] Email · http://www.JohnForTexas.com
One other disturbing potential abuse of fusion centers, is political. Recall when members of the Bush Administration used Homeland Security resources in the attempt to track down Texas Democratic legislators? This occurred during the Tom DeLay gerrymandering of the Texas congressional districts.
Those with political power and tools that can be used politically, will often resort to using these-regardless of ethics.
Note that the son of Congressman Sam Johnson, Dr. Bob Johnson, is the head of the North Texas Fusion Center. What information passes through this data center that would be of value to Sam Johnson's campaign for re-election? How great is the temptation to use this tool on behalf of his father? As seen with the alleged criminal conspiracy in the Collin County District Clerk's Office, the public cannot know when ethical good sense ceases to be the standard. It takes external vigilance by knowledgeable people. At the North Texas Fusion Center, there is no external vigilance... there is no way to know if someone succumbs to the temptation to assist a relative.
There is no accountability.
08/26/10 @ 13:22

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