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Senate Panel: Homeland Security Data Centers Mainly Terrorize Citizens

In a new 146-page report released by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigation, a bipartisan panel of senators calls into question the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) claims that so-called "Fusion" data centers have successfully been employed to stop terrorists... The Senate concludes that when all the privileged details of the investigations were considered [investigations that Napolitano claimed were successful due to Fusion center contributions], there was no sign that the pricey data centers were successful at fighting any known terrorist plot.

So what did the data centers accomplish? According to the panel the legacy is mostly negative. They claim the Fusion centers -- whose objective is ostensibly to share national intelligence with state/local law enforcement and analyze potential terrorist threats -- in the end mostly ended up violating U.S. citizens' civil liberties. Writes the panel, "[DHS liaisons] 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."

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