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Tennessee Expands Surveillance State in the Name of Safety

The CIA is investigating whether laws were broken by helping the NYPD. 

This comes at a time when the Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, Bill Gibbons, writes an ‘opinion’ piece that we are safer because of our “nation’s best” Fusion Center and a new terrorism law, at an enormous cost of $200 million. 

Seriously Mr. Gibson $200 million?  Does it really take that much money to stop a few terrorist in one state?  There are 49 more States, plus DC and several territories and you feel we’re safer because we’ve fused law enforcement, encouraged people to report their neighbors and spent $200 million?

With solidification of a $200 million surveillance state in Tennessee, there continues to be one report after another in the news about murders and police brutality right here in Blount County.  Are we any safer, after 9/11, from murderers, rapers and cops that beat people? 

When asked if we are safer after September 11, 2001, Mr. Gibson says, “Yes, I think we are.”  Mr. Gibson instead of a propaganda piece telling how you “think” a $200 million police state makes us “safer”, how about giving us some real facts.

How many terrorist activities have been prevented because of this $200 million?  How many crimes have been prevented?  How does this prevention rate compare to traditional crime prevention strategies?  Is this more or less cost effective?  With a federal government that is in debt over $15 trillion (much more when entitlements are included) do you really feel it wise to spend $200 million in just one of these united States?  How much money is enough to stop terrorism in Tennessee?  Are groups being targeted through increased surveillance?  Who have Fusion Center partnered with?  What kind of information is being collected and/or stored in the Fusion Center?  Who is the information being shared with?  Have you made any effort to inform Tennesseans that the Department of Safety collected  biometric photos of them when renewing their driver’s licenses?  Have you informed the people that the State has contracted with L-1 Identity Solutions, a company that was recently purchased by Safran, which is a French conglomerate partially owned by the French government?  Does this foreign government owned company have possession of sensitive personal information?  What company(ies) has/have our biometric information? 

Mr. Gibson speak of traffic stops, as a way of stopping terrorism.  Much of the terrorism of traffic stops is the government harassing the people, not the other way around.  Many traffic stops are generated because of victimless crimes, where there is no danger to anyone, but a huge revenue motive for government.  Moreover, if traffic stops are effective in preventing terrorism, then surely $200 million more isn’t needed.

I’d like to see some evidence that this $200 million police state expansion has made us safer.  Quoting the constitution at the end of the article does not convince me that I, nor the people of Tennessee, are any safer because of this expensive surveillance state.

What a Tangled Web we Weave!

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — The CIA worked closely with Moammar Gadhafi’s intelligence services in the rendition of terror suspects to Libya for interrogation, according to documents seen Saturday by the AP, cooperation that could spark tensions between Washington and Libya’s new rulers.

The CIA was among a number of foreign intelligence services that worked with Libya’s agencies, according to documents found at a Libyan security agency building in Tripoli.

The discovery came as the Libyan rebels said they would surround pro-Gadhafi cities until the Sept. 10 deadline for their surrender.

Trying to “to avoid bloodshed and to avoid more destruction to public properties and national institutions, we have given an ultimatum of one week to the areas of Sirte, Bani Walid, Jufra and Sabha,” the head of the rebels’ National Transitional Council, Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, told reporters in Benghazi.

“It is an opportunity for these cities to peacefully join the revolution,” he said, adding the rebels were providing humanitarian aid to the besieged areas along with water and electricity services.

The intelligence documents found in Tripoli, meanwhile, provided new details on the ties between Western countries and Gadhafi’s regime. Many of those same countries backed the NATO attacks that helped Libya’s rebels force Gadhafi from power.


This article raises several questions that need to be answered.   Who’s side are we on?  Gaddafi?  The Muslim Terrorist? Big Oil?  Who are the Libyan rebels?  Why are we now opposing Gaddafi, when we were working with his intelligence services previoulsy to stop terrorist?   

Could the Libyan war be to protect the status of the dollar being the worlds reserve curency?