Man, I wish I could be there to watch. The Bill of Rights Defense Committee has organized a debate between Mike German (former FBI agent and current counsel at the ACLU) and David Gersten and Juliette Kayyem of the Department of Homeland Security.
The topic of this debate: Fusion Centers. The BORDC frames the issue:
Fusion centers are a new mechanism to bring together tremendous amounts of surveillance of “suspicious activities” from various law enforcement agencies at the state, federal, and local levels. There are numerous concerns about fusion center: How is this data collected? Who can see this data? Can you find out if information has been collected about you, and can you correct that information if it is false or misleading? What is considered suspicious?
When: Thursday, February 11, at 6 PM
Where: Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC)
Main Hall, First Floor
100 Malcolm X Boulevard
Roxbury, MA 02120
The debate should be both illuminating and entertaining. I wish I could give you a web link for this event, but the information seems to be spreading by e-mail only. If you have any questions about the event, you can call the BORDC at 413-582-0110.