“Gazette opinion: Target ineffective intel centers for elimination” @ Billings Gazette

Posted on October 15, 2012

October 9, 2012: “As often as member of Congress rail against “waste and abuse,” Americans might expect they would leap at the opportunity to blast a program that may have misspent much of $1.4 billion over the past decade.

But the scathing U.S. Senate report on the wastefulness and failings of national security “fusion centers” is unlikely to shut them down, according to the Associated Press. Not only have fusion centers spied on U.S. citizens in the United States, they have morphed from their intended anti-terrorism mission to general criminal investigation. However, they channel federal grants to states and lawmakers don’t want to cut off funds to their districts.

With a 2003 law, Congress directed the Federal Emergency Management Agency to distribute fusion center grants directly to states; FEMA has given states wide latitude in deciding how to spend hundreds of millions…………”

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