Opportunities to View Fusion Center Presentation in East Tennessee in Spring 2011

East Tennesseans will have two opportunities to hear the Tennessee Operation Defuse Coordinator, Tona Monroe, give a 1 hour presentation on Fusion Centers.  There will be time for brief public Q&A after the presentations.  Tona will also discuss REAL ID at an upcoming liberty group meeting in May.

Cross County Patriots: (REAL ID)
Tuesday May 17 at the Panda Buffet located at 1009 Hwy 321 N, Lenoir City, TN 37771.  The meeting starts at 6:30 PM and Tona will begin speaking at 6:45 PM.  Come early at 5:30 PM to fellowship and enjoy the buffet.  The cost of the buffet is less than $10. 
Meetings held on the first and third Tuesday’s of the month at the Panda Buffett on 321 in Lenoir City. Meetings start at 6:30 PM.

East Tennessee Research Institute: (Fusion Centers)
Monday June 13th at 7 PM at the Mandarin House on Merchant’s Drive in Knoxville Tennessee (off I-75 exit 108) at 7 PM.  Come early at 6 PM to enjoy dinner.  The buffet cost is less than $10.  Bring a friend and learn. 

South Knoxville Republican Club: (Fusion Centers)
Thursday June 17th at 7 PM at South Knoxville Community Center
Address: 522 Maryville Pike, Knoxville, TN

For more information or if you live in Tennessee, western North Carolina or north Georgia and would like for your civic group to host a Fusion Center presentation contact Tona.

Tennessee Probably Spent $1.3 in 2008-9 with L-1 to Implement Driver’s License Biometrics

Money Spent (wasted) by the Tennessee Department of Safety with the Company L-1 Secure Credentialing Inc.

The amount is roughly $1.3 million in 2008 and 2009, and this amount does not include 2010-2011.

Safety  Safety   L1 Secure Credentialing Inc     Rentals And Insurance $189,738     2008
Safety Safety L1 Secure Credentialing Inc     Data Processing $215,220 2009
Safety Safety L1 Secure Credentialing Inc     Rentals And Insurance $169,884 2009
Safety Safety L1 Secure Credentialing Inc     Prof Services Third Party $179,220 2009
Safety Safety L1 Secure Credentialing Inc     Rentals And Insurance $543,420 2009

Data obtained here:

L-1 is being purchased by BAE Systems, Inc. and Safran, companies with ties to two foreign nations.  30.2% of Safran is owned by the French government. This sale is pending approval of the US government.  Read more here.

I am working to find out if this money was spent for biometric and/or surveillance purposes.

Tennessee Fusion Center (TFC) Named Fusion Center of Year by DHS

Saturday, March 19, 2011
The Tennessee Fusion Center (TFC) has been named Fusion Center of the Year by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The TFC was singled out among the 72 fusion centers nationwide for its progress in analyzing and sharing terrorism and criminal information among federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies across Tennessee at both the tactical and strategic levels.

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano presented the award earlier this week at the National Fusion Center Conference in Denver.

Secretary Napolitano also recognized TFC analyst Oxana Munson as State/Local Fusion Center Representative of the Year.

“The dedicated team at the Tennessee Fusion Center analyzes information from various sources and ‘connects the dots’ to prevent potential criminal and terrorist activities in our state,” said Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons.

“The recognition this award gives the Fusion Center is well deserved by the individuals who work daily to gather information on incidents across the state and have the ability to link those incidents on the local, state and federal levels,” said TBI Director Mark Gwyn. “The Fusion Center has revolutionized law enforcement in Tennessee.”

Housed in the TBI Headquarters in Nashville, the TFC was created in 2007.

The collaborative effort of the partner agencies provides resources, expertise and information to the center with the goal of maximizing the ability to detect, prevent, apprehend and respond to criminal and terrorist activity.


The TFC uses intelligence information with an “all crimes” approach.

It provides a central location for the collection and analysis of law enforcement related information and produces a continuous flow of that information to the law enforcement community.

The TFC forecasts and identifies emerging crime trends and gives assistance to law enforcement in criminal investigations.

In addition to the TBI and Tennessee Department of Homeland Security, Tennessee Fusion Center partners include the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the Tennessee Department of Correction, the Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole, the National Guard, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Regional Organized Crime Information Center, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Copyright © 2011, The Greeneville Sun

Emergency Management Director will not Pursue POST Re-Certification & Salary Transfer

Bart Stinnett, told Lance Coleman of Blount Today, that he is will not pursue re-certification and the transfer of his salary.

“I’ve withdrawn everything. I’m not going to pursue it. Obviously it raised some passionate feelings, and it’s not worth it to me to do that,” he said. “I don’t want to create any discord.”

At the January 2011 Commission meeting he requested that his salary transfer request be withdrawn from the agenda, yet the Commission voted to send it to the County Attorney for an opinion.  It remains to be seen if certain commissioners and their “experts” continue to push this salary transfer request and why.

Is the Salary Transfer Necessary for Blount County Director of Homeland Security to Keep POST Certification?

The information provided is conflicting. 

This letter, from John Welsh Cheif Investigator of POST, says that as long as Mr. Bart Stinnett continues his 40-hours in-service, that he will retain his certification and that the salary transfer request is a moot issue with the POST Commission.

This letter, from Brian Grisham Executive Secretary of POST, says that in order to be POST certified, one must be a “law enforcement officer” per TCA 38-8-101 and POST Rules and Regulations Chapter 1110 and be in the employ of and commissioned by a county or city law enforcement agency.

TCA 38-8-101 does not have a defintion of a “law enforcement officer” per se, but does define types of officers, including “full-time police officer”.  The POST Rules and Regulations does define a law enforcement officer.  (See code and definitions below)

Here’s an interesting part of the POST Commission Rules and Regulations.
6(e) An officer’s certification expires after separation of full-time employment from a law enforcement agency. A new application for certification is required for each new
employment as a law enforcement officer.

Based on that, it appears that the certification expires when an officer changes jobs.  If that’s the case, then why is Mr. Stinnett currently POST certified when he no longer works for the law enforcement agency that commissioned him? 

38-8-101. Part definitions. —

    As used in this part, unless the context otherwise requires:    
         (1)  “Campus police officer” means a person commissioned by an employing institution and rendered an oath to provide police services, enforce law, exercise arrest authority and carry firearms in accordance with § 49-7-118;    
         (2)  “Full-time police officer” means any person employed by any municipality or political subdivision of the state of Tennessee whose primary responsibility is the prevention and detection of crime, and the apprehension of offenders, and whose primary source of income is derived from employment as a police officer;    
         (3)  “Part-time police officer,” “temporary police officer,” “reserve police officer,” or “auxiliary police officer” means any person employed by any municipality or any political subdivision of the state of Tennessee whose primary responsibility is to support the full-time police officer in the prevention and detection of crime, apprehension of offenders, and assisting in the prosecution of offenders for appropriate remuneration in measure with specifically assigned duties or job description. Part-time police officers shall work not more than twenty (20) hours per week, for a total of not more than one hundred (100) hours per month. Any police officer who works in excess of the maximum hours as specified in this subdivision (3) shall be reclassified to a full-time status and must meet all requirements for standards and training as mandated under the law and peace officer standards and training commission rules. In any situation where an officer is temporarily assigned, for a period of one (1) month or less, to work more than twenty (20) hours per week, for a total of not more than one hundred (100) hours per month, the officer shall not be reclassified to a full-time status;    
         (4)  “Private special deputy” means a person who is employed and compensated by a resort area owner or management company to act as security and law enforcement for the resort area and whose qualifications and training requirements are equivalent to or superior to those required for a law enforcement officer under the standards established by the peace officer standards and training commission for law enforcement officers;    
         (5)  “Public safety officer” means a person who, in addition to being a commissioned campus police officer under § 49-7-118(g)(1), performs other significant duties such as certified firefighter, medical first responder or other tasks associated with homeland security based on the needs of a particular institution; and    
         (6)  (A)  “Special deputy” means any person who is assigned specific police functions as to the prevention and detection of crime and general laws of this state on a volunteer basis, whether working alone or with other police officers.    
[Acts 1981, ch. 455, § 3; T.C.A., § 38-11-101; Acts 1983, ch. 270, § 1; 1988, ch. 968, § 1; 1989, ch. 138, § 1; 1990, ch. 1094, § 1; 1993, ch. 374, § 1; 2006, ch. 862, § 1; 2009, ch. 190, § 1.]

1110-01-.01 DEFINITIONS.
(1) Law Enforcement Officer is defined as either;
(a) Full-time Law Enforcement Officer is defined as any person commissioned, sworn, appointed, and/or otherwise lawfully enjoined to uphold the laws of the State of Tennessee, and/or laws or ordinances of any municipality or political subdivision of the State of Tennessee; and who is employed by any municipality or political subdivision of the State of Tennessee or as a railroad police officer pursuant to § 65-6-133 and whose primary responsibility is (whether directly or as an experienced, certified, supervisor/administrator of such persons), the prevention and detection of crime, and the apprehension of offenders, and specifically assigned duties and/or job description reflect 
said primary responsibility for the prevention and detection of crime;

Blount County Commission Unanimously Votes to Expand Police State at Jan 2011 Meeting

At the January 20, 2011 Blount County Commission Meeting, all 21 Commissioners voted to take grant money from the Department of Homeland Security.  (Item E4)  Commissioner Jim Folts sent me an apology after the Commission meeting, informing me that he had intended to vote against the Homeland Security grants, but due to the heavy stress he’s been under, he wasn’t paying close attention and will vote against such grants in the future.  Commissioner Tom Greene after the meeting told me that they (I assume he means the volunteer Fire Department) get a lot of equipment from these grants, that they could not otherwise afford.  He had no response when I asked him about where it says in the constitution that federal government can provide equipement to the states, and about his oath of office.

6 Commissioners did vote to table the Director’s salary transfer request, all the rest voting not to table.  The 6 that voted to table were Burchfield, Carver, Folts, Gamble, Lewis and Murrell.

At the 1 hr 52 minute mark you can here my comments admonishing the Commission for this outrageous sell-out and references to the nefarious actions of the Dept. of Homeland Insecurity and I provide the references to my comments below.

Recently the Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, made a commercial for Wal-Mart, encouraging people to report suspicious activity, reminiscent of Nazi Germany.  She is even advocating that we federalize police, contrary to the US Constitution.

Here are some questionable people working within the Department of Homeland Security.
SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY HAS DUAL CITIZENSHIP.  This should raise questions as to Michael Chertoff’s allegiance.  Also this is the same man who is making a fortune selling body scanners to TSA and co-author of the nefarious Patriot Act.