Now that the slow roll-out of totalitarian domestic spying has occured (while you were sleeping, perhaps), we can look back at the many felony lies to Congress by NSA and CIA chiefs, and the local lies from Fusion Centers and the FBI and local police to see that, well, it was all lies.
And, Democracy was dead after that- those with power had, and do, and will continue to destroy our democracy-because they can, and because YOU are letting it happen.
From Techdirt.com, in April of 2013-two months BEFORE Edward Snowden:
You may recall that, last fall, a Congressional investigation completely slammed Homeland Security’s “Fusion Centers” — noting that despite DHS insisting that they were critical to “fighting terrorism,” the actual evidence showed that they had done nothing helpful in the fight against terrorism, but were instead chock full of wasteful (possibly fraudulent) spending… and with an added dose of civil liberties violations (just for fun).
“There’s misconceptions on what fusion centers are,” he says. “The misconceptions are that we are conducting spying operations on US citizens, which is of course not the fact. That is absolutely not what we do.” link
But what ARE Fusion centers- and what are they supposed to do? Nobody, anywhere seems to know, but those who have experienced various forms of “electronic harassment,” and strange internet shenanigans certainly know that these centers are doing something. Targeted individuals have been telling us for years, what we all now know.
From the ACLU: what Fusion Centers are supposed to be doing