Last week, the Partnership for Civil Justice Foundation (PCJF) released a report detailing how Fusion Centers across the country were monitoring and sharing information about Occupy protests. How much more evidence does Congress need to take action to close Fusion Centers, or to at least step in and lay down some crystal clear rules. See below for a list of reports condemning Fusion Centers as a waste of money, “pools of ineptitude,” severe violators of our civil liberties and damn near useless in stopping crime or terrorism.
On May 29, the House Judiciary Committee will conduct an oversight hearing of the Department of Homeland Security, which is responsible for Fusion Centers. We think members of the Committee should take this opportunity to grill Secretary Johnson about Fusion Center spying on and tracking of political dissidents engaged in protected First Amendment activity. Then, they should cut the purse strings and close down the Fusion Centers.
Take Action: Demand that Congress Close Fusion Centers
Call or tweet top members of the House Judiciary Committee : Chairman Robert Goodlatte (R-VA) 202-225-5431 @repGoodlatte Ranking member John Conyers (D-MI) 202-225-5126 @repJohnConyers Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) 202-225-5635 @repJerryNadler Rep Bobby Scott (D-VA) 202-225-8351 @repBobbyScott Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) 202-225-5101 @RpSensenbrenner A few sample tweets: activism isn’t terrorism #DHS spying on #Occupy can’t stand. Close Fusion Centers Now @repjerrynadler see why http://localhost/ddf-backup/time-to-close-fusion-centers/ Time for Congress to Act@repGoodlatte hold #DHS accountable for Fusion Center abuses spying on activists on left and right see here http://localhost/ddf-backup/time-to-close-fusion-centers/ Congress! Hold #DHS accountable time to close down Fusion Centers @repjohnconyers see why here: http://localhost/ddf-backup/time-to-close-fusion-centers/
Educate Yourself: Officials Cast Wide Net Monitoring Occupy (NYT Article) Fusion Centers Monitor Right Wing Groups too (InfoWars.com) Why Fusion Centers Matter: FAQ (EFF) Amazing Fusion Center Document U.S. Senate Report on Fusion Centers/Wash. Post Article/