This announcement rom an email announcement I received -- the topic of this talk looks like one a fair number of activists and folks who want to stay informed might want to attend and it is free and open to the public:
Tucson Community Forum on Domestic Surveillance
How is the Government spying on us now?
Government-sponsored fusion centers vary widely, but generally are centers intended to improve the sharing of anti-terrorism intelligence among state, local and federal government agencies and the private sector. To date, over 40 of these centers have been established around the nation, including Arizona.
Fusion centers are raising many questions about privacy and government openness, and must be carefully bounded and monitored to ensure that they remain a legitimate and effective law enforcement tool.
Mike German, Intelligence Expert, Former FBI Agent and ACLU National Security Counsel, will be leading an engaging discussion on the privacy implications of data mining and the war on terror.
"We all want our government agencies to talk to each other and share appropriate law enforcement information," said Mike German, ACLU Policy Counsel. "What we don't want to see is the emergence of secretive, out-of-control units that collect and sift through masses of personal information on innocent people."Domestic Surveillance in Your Backyard
What's Wrong with Fusion Centers?
A Community Education Forum on the Privacy Implications of Data Mining and the War on TerrorMonday, May 5th
University of Arizona Law School
1201 E. Speedway, Room 146
(Corner of Mountain and Helen)
This event is free and open to the public.
Refreshments will be served.