don’t know what fusion centers are,” says Catherine
Bleish, who was the opening speaker at the 2010 New Hampshire
Liberty Forum on March 19.
were created after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks as
a way for local and state law enforcement agencies to share terrorism
related information with the federal government, and vice versa.
The idea quickly
ran into problems, first among them the fact that there simply
isn’t enough terrorist activity to justify the concept. Instead
of shutting down as pointless, fusion centers gradually began expanding
into sharing information about all crimes. Fusion center activity
over the years has also raised concerns about government surveillance
of legally protected political activity.
was led into becoming an activist by the 2008 Ron Paul presidential
campaign, said she was informed of a report
published by the Missouri Information
Analysis Center, leaked in March 2009, which stated among other
things that people with Gadsden flag and Ron Paul bumper stickers
could be militia members or potential terrorists. Bleish, who is
the executive director of the Liberty
Restoration Project, spearheaded further investigation and activism,
eventually leading to MIAC
retracting the report.
is a Department of Homeland Security fusion center,” she said
during her speech. “These institutions are doing a lot of damage
to the relationship between the general public and the law enforcement
runs Operation Defuse,
a project to inform the public about the nature and activities of
fusion centers and how those activities contribute to the federalization
and militarization of law enforcement.
Hampshire Liberty Forum is an annual conference held by the
Free State Project,
a movement to bring 20,000 activists to New Hampshire to work toward
reducing the size, scope and power of government and increasing
individual liberty and responsibility. The project has signed over
10,000 participants, and over 800 have already moved. The Liberty
Forum, and the project’s summer camping event, PorcFest,
allow people undecided about the project to see the state firsthand
and observe and participate in local activism.
from Homeland Stupidity.