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Fusion center in California refuses to accept public records request, slams door in activists’ faces

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On April 10, 2014, activists nationwide held demonstrations to call for the closure of so-called "fusion centers", established by DHS and funded by state and local governments. The spy centers are staffed by representatives of federal, state, and local law enforcement, as well as members of private corporations. According to a congressional report, the fusion centers haven't done anything remotely useful, but have spied on dissidents and wasted hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars.

In one typical fusion center blunder, an Arkansas fusion center director told the press that his office doesn't spy on dissidents, just anti-government groups.

As part of the national day of action against fusion centers in April, members of the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition went to the local fusion center in Norfolk, California. As you can see in the video embedded above, they got a very chilly response from officials.

The executive director of the local National Lawyers Guild is one of the people in the video. You can see him trying to hand fusion center officials a public records request. The officials refuse it. Ultimately, the fusion center guys slam the door in the face of the activists. Police officers then appear, and usher the dissidents downstairs and out of the building.

What's the fusion center got to hide? Check out the video. It's pretty disturbing.

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