I began this blog in May 2009 following the death of Marcia Powell at Perryville State Prison in Goodyear, Arizona. It is not intended to prescribe the path that leads to freedom from the prison industrial complex.

Rather, these are just my observations in arguably the most racist, fascist, militaristic state in the nation at a critical time in history for a number of intersecting liberation movements. From Indigenous resistance to genocidal practices, to the fight over laws like SB1070 and the ban on Ethnic Studies, Arizona is at the center of many battles for human rights, and thus the struggle for prison abolition as well - for none are free until all are. I retired the blog in APRIL 2013.

Visit me now at Arizona Prison Watch or Survivors of Prison Violence-AZ

Thursday, October 15, 2009

All Crime leads to Terrorism?

Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center (not much information there - just the Mission Statement (classic government propaganda).

For those who still believe the Bill of Rights will protect you from being unreasonably surveilled, searched, or seized, the excerpt below is from an interview done by Deborah Osborne (2/12/2009) with Anthony (Tony) Frangipane, Criminal Intelligence Analyst Supervisor of the AcTIC. Go to that link to see the whole glowing interview - it sounds like a total PR job...

Q: What is the "all-crimes" focus of fusion centers?

A: "Basically, it is the belief that all crimes in some way or fashion lead to terrorism or the support of terrorist activities. Many fusion centers have adopted this philosophy as a strategy to support investigatory operations into activities that threaten community safety. All terrorist acts are crimes, and in order to commit a terrorist act, the historical record demonstrates that fraud (documents and financial), illegal fund-raising via criminal means, the illegal procurement of weapons, etc. "

Crazy, huh? The "Criminal Intelligence Analyst Supervisor of the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center" broadened the War on Terror to include a mother stealing $20 from the boss' till to buy food for her family - we actually put people in prison for that here. Quite often. How about grandpa floating another check to the pharmacy for his wife's medications, knowing his Social Security won't be in for two more days?  As long as he can afford the $28 service fees, the bank should cover the meds, he calculates...but we're probably more likely to lock up grandma for what grandpa does, anyway. 

No wonder the AzDC is expecting so many more prisoners in coming years despite declines in crime.

So, here's the Guidelines for setting up Fusion Centers. Pay attention. Me and you could be next.

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