How Government Fusion Centers Violate Americans’ Rights — and How to Stop It

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“As detailed in a new Brennan Center report, the whistleblower complaint was far from the first indication that fusion centers posed risks to Americans’ civil liberties and privacy rights. Civil liberties groups raised concerns as the network was being built without proper regulations or independent oversight. Leaked fusion center reports revealed improper monitoring of Muslim Americans [politicalresearch.org] and protesters from across the political spectrum, even as the centers expanded their missions beyond counterterrorism to ‘all crimes” and “all hazards.’”

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The Biden administration and Congress must impose oversight and accountability on the state-run centers.