Fusion Centers and Individual Privacy
What are fusion centers?
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The immense amounts of data collected, stored, and shared by these fusion centers threatens the privacy of law-abiding Americans, and the People's Campaign for the Constitution's Legal Professionals Team is leading a project to shed light on fusion centers' unlawful surveillance efforts.
Fighting back against fusion centers
The People's Campaign for the Constitution's Legal Professionals Team is bringing light to fusion centers' activities by filing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests about their work. You can join this effort by submitting FOIA requests to federal, state, and regional fusion centers near you.
Model FOIA requests, which you can adapt for your requests, are presented below. They were developed by students at the Yale Law clinic.
Federal FOIA Request Models
State FOIA Request Models
Analysis of fusion centers
"A snapshot of our times" by George F. Will, Washington Post, January 18, 2012
"Calling all Governors: stop spying on ordinary Americans!" by Carol Rose, On Liberty, July 9, 2010
"Counterterrorism program under attack for failing mission" by Tom Meyer, WKYC, February 9, 2010
Platform for Prejudice, a 2010 report by Political Research Associates
What's Wrong with Fusion Centers, a December 2007 report by the American Civil Liberties Union
Fusion Center Update, a July 2008 update to the ACLU's 2007 report by Mike German and Jay Stanley
Information about fusion centers
Information about FOIA litigation
OpenTheGovernment.org's FOIA resources