Doggone, They Lied to Us AGAIN
by Becky Akers
by Becky Akers: Liquid,
Liquid Everywhere, But Not a Drop To Drink Free of Our Rulers’ Stranglehold
centers? Under the Department of Homeland Securitys
aegis, their bumbling bureaucrats unabashedly spy
on taxpayers while painting anyone who opposes Leviathan in even
the smallest degree as a terrorist. Or, as
the DHS puts it, State
and major urban area fusion centers (fusion centers) serve as
focal points within the state and local environment for the receipt,
analysis, gathering, and sharing of threat-related information between
the federal government and state, local, tribal, territorial ...
and private sector partners.
centers are yet another boondoggle that enriches Our Rulers
and their corporate cronies while decimating liberty. No one who
understands the State expected otherwise. But now Congressional
investigators have caught on: theyve announced that
fusion centers have
failed to provide virtually any useful intelligence.
The report found that the centers forwarded intelligence of
uneven quality oftentimes shoddy, rarely timely, sometimes
endangering citizens civil liberties and Privacy Act protections,
occasionally taken from already published public sources, and more
often than not unrelated to terrorism. Oh, heavens,
say it aint so.
surprise: money went missing, too. The investigators also
discovered that federal officials cannot account for as much as
$1.4 billion in taxpayer money earmarked for fusion centers and
that some of the centers listed on paper by the Homeland Security
Department do not even exist.
The fusion centers quickly
became a black hole for taxpayer money
. The fusion centers
were run by state and local officials, but were funded through grants
to states from the Federal Emergency Management Agency with little
oversight. That made it easy for state and local officials to divert
the federal money earmarked for the centers to other things, including
sport utility vehicles and dozens of flat-screen televisions for
use by state and local agencies.
another shock: Our Rulers lied about these crimes. Top officials
of the Homeland Security Department have known about the problems
for years, but hid an internal department report on the programs
flaws from Congress while continuing to tell lawmakers and the public
that the fusion centers were highly valuable
. A 2010 internal
assessment by the department discovered, for instance, that four
of its claimed 72 fusion centers did not exist, even as department
officials kept using the 72 figure publicly with Congress.
Ah, but fusion
centers do have their uses, chief among them those lucrative
corporate contracts and tightening our shackles. So while Congressional
investigators have exploded counterterrorism as
the raison detre for these Orwellian, completely unconstitutional
monsters, look for them to flourish and prosper. No heads at DHS
will roll; no congresscriminals will propose reining in this horrific
bureaucracy, let alone abolishing it; those wimps wont even
mind that the agency lied to them and repeatedly played them for
fools. Fusion centers are not only intrinsic but invaluable
to the police-state.
Akers [send her mail] is
a free-lance writer and historian. Her novel, Halestorm,
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