FBI Didn't Even Inform Fusion Center About Tamerlan Tsarnaev

from the perhaps-they-only-do-that-with-their-own-plots dept

Last year we noted that a Congressional investigation revealed that Homeland Security's "anti-terrorism fusion centers" were a complete joke. They created no useful intelligence, even though they cost a ton of taxpayer money, and they regularly violated American's civil liberties. In the wake of the Boston bombings, then, it might be useful to wonder how much the local fusion centers were involved in the process -- especially since the FBI had been aware of Tamerlan Tsarnaev and had interviewed him. Well... it turns out that the FBI didn't bother to share that with the fusion center. The FBI did share info with state and local police, but not with the fusion center:
A spokeswoman for the Boston Police Department said the Boston Regional Intelligence Center [] was never notified about the FBI investigation.

In response, FBI supervisory Agent Jason Pack e-mailed a statement suggesting that state and local officials had ample access to information about the Tsarnaev investigation in 2011, through their participation in an FBI unit in Boston, the Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Once again, this has people wondering why we have these fusion centers in the first place.
If the FBI’s investigatory work with state and locals on terrorism is situated at the JTTFs, as it appears to be, what useful purpose do fusion centers serve with respect to terrorism? The jury is out on that question. But we know a bit about some non-terrorism related activities at the BRIC.

A public records lawsuit in 2011 showed that the Boston Regional Intelligence Center, like other fusion centers nationwide, devoted resources and time to spying on perfectly peaceful dissenters like Veterans for Peace and Code Pink.
Perhaps the FBI only makes use of the fusion centers when stopping some of its self-created terrorist plots.
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    special-interesting (profile), 9 May 2013 @ 8:57pm

    It was always clear that the War on Terror has been a total waste of money. Its likely that Bush pushed the imaginary panic button multiple times with the equally panicky fed agencies adding to the freaking out thing.

    There will always be Coo Coo for Cocoa Puffs or Fruity loops people out there no matter how many trillions or how many freedoms or expressions are sacrificed on the alter of terror. Its a human condition that's lived with by everyone.

    The real problem is that modern communications make every event a backyard gossiping event. What was once a local news sharing event the over the fence news sharing time has now taken on national/international scope. Instead of the local car crash that killed 6 teens we now have the crazy psycho killer chicken who used a shotgun to massacre school kids. Of which we are helpless to gossip about being the human information animals we are.

    It really does look like our elected/appointed officials are running around with their little chicken heads cut off. Like a squabble of Chicken Littles screaming that the sky is falling. Surely there will be more idiots with bombs and other excited decomposition devices in the future.

    Deal with it and don't ask for expensive and complicated toys to play with. Mommy and Daddy cant afford it.

    Since this was an FBI area of jurisdiction it interesting how they treated the local fusion center. It was not in the loop of command. An irrelevant extremity not to be given a high enough security clearance to even know about a local bombing in its own area of preview. Do we have a (classic) jurisdiction fight between the FBI and Homeland Security? Always very bad for citizens who happen to be trapped between department rivalries.

    Makes one wonder how the fusion center employees (let alone the upper management) felt when watching the news feeds as the incident played out. Did they feel useless, ineffective or left out? Who knows.

    Why do the Fusion Centers exist? Possibly only for patronage jobs. Good paying patronage jobs are always at a premium and never a surplus. In fact if one actually believed Keynesian economic theory its actually beneficial to the GDP measurement. (GDP adds all government spending into the good side of the force)


    uma; Libertarian. If the average voter would learn to count above two parties that would be an improvement. Voter awareness... a lost key of American national success.

    The Dems and Repubs are like wraiths that change shape and form with public awareness. They will only change when another party starts to take away votes. And. Then they will, (change) because of the 'addiction to the spotlight' theory.

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