Homeland Security Data Centers Produce ‘Predominantly Useless Information’
Oct. 3, 2012
Imagine having all the downsides of Big Brother and none of the benefits: That’s what you get with the Department of Homeland Security’s vast network of “fusion” centers, according to a damning new report by the Senate’s bipartisan Subcommittee on Investigations.
The fusion centers, described by Janet Napolitano as “one of the centerpieces of our counterterrorism strategy,” allegedly invade the privacy of Americans while producing “shoddy” reports that are typically “irrelevant” and “useless.” It’s the sort of report that will find a home on every Ron Paul fan forum and, according to reporters, with good reason: The 77 centers, which have cost an estimated $289 million to $1.4 billion, have a pretty questionable track record. Here are some of the more surprising elements journalists have dug up from the report:
Invasions of privacy. NBC News investigative reporter Michael Isikoff found some especially embarrassing reports about seemingly pointless surveillance of U.S. Muslims: