Review of Fusion Center Policies and Procedures: A Case Study of the Commonwealth Fusion Center in Massachusetts
44 Pages Posted: 17 Apr 2014
Date Written: April 9, 2014
The Commonwealth Fusion Center (CFC)’s current practices violate the First and Fourth Amendment. These constitutional violations would be somewhat relieved by the Free Speech Act (S. 642 / H. 1357) currently before the Massachusetts legislature, but not eliminated. We propose five reforms that would make CFC activities presumptively comply with the First and Fourth Amendments. We expand on them in a review of documents provided by CFC, and include Freedom of Information Act requests covering a number of internal documents at CFC and also the Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC).
Keywords: fusion centers, surveillance, freedom of association, first amendment, fourth amendment, privacy policies
JEL Classification: H56, H72
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