From the Department of Homeland Security:
State and major urban area fusion centers (fusion centers) are owned and operated by state and local entities, and are designated by the governor of their state. In accordance with the Federal Resource Allocation Criteria (RAC) policy, which defines objective criteria and a coordinated approach for prioritizing the allocation of federal resources to fusion centers, the federal government recognizes these designations and has a shared responsibility with state and local governments to support the national network of fusion centers.
The following includes the list of primary and recognized fusion centers (associated contact information). Primary fusion centers serve as the focal points within the state and local environment for the receipt, analysis, gathering, and sharing of threat-related information and have additional responsibilities related to the coordination of critical operational capabilities across the statewide fusion process with other recognized fusion centers. Furthermore, primary centers are the highest priority for the allocation of available federal resources, including the deployment of personnel and connectivity with federal data systems.
The North Carolina Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAAC) in Raleigh is our Fusion Center.
The public is our first line of defense in keeping North Carolina safe. You can help by reporting suspicious persons, objects, or behaviors.
Community safety can be jeopardized by terrorist attacks, gangs, identity theft, drug activity, or attacks on public services and utilities,
Take an active role in community safety. Be aware of suspicious packages. If you do not recognize the return address or have other questions, contact the SBI or local law enforcement.
Terrorists and criminals often display similar characteristics, such as being overly dedicated to a cause and willing to give their lives for it, and unaffected by the consequences of their actions.
I would like to repeat the last sentence from our North Carolina DHS Fusion Center:
Now let’s review the closing statement from the Declaration of Independence:
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
If these 56 men were alive today, DHS and North Carolina’s Fusion Center would classify them as terrorists. Unfortunately the current news regarding the abuse of power by the federal government against patriot groups, people supporting the Constitution and the Associated Press shows that people supporting freedom and freedom of the press are now considered terrorists. I want to thank Governor Perdue for using stimulus funds to build our fusion center in North Carolina. Click here to see how the North Carolina State Police Department interface with this global approach to a state response. I encourage readers outside of North Carolina to identify their fusion centers. Maybe these centers should become our focus for national protests instead of IRS offices.