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This article reviews two police state tools (among many in use) in America. One is new, undiscussed and largely unknown to the public. The other was covered in a December article by this writer called Police State America. Here it is updated with new information.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) established a new domestic spying operation in 2007 called the National Applications Office (NOA) and described it as "the executive agent to facilitate the use of intelligence community technological assets for civil, homeland security and law enforcement purposes within the United States."
Carlyle's plans to buy the government advisory unit of Booz Allen Hamilton, the management consultancy, are under attack from one of the largest US labour unions as a "threat to national security" because a state-controlled Abu Dhabi fund owns a stake in the US private equity group.....The SEIU's call for government intervention is unlikely to derail talks between Carlyle and Booz Allen - first revealed by the Financial Times this week - over the public sector advisory unit, a major contractor to several US departments.
Fact Sheet: National Applications Office
Release Date: August 15, 2007
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Applications Office (NAO) is the executive agent to facilitate the use of intelligence community technological assets for civil, homeland security and law enforcement purposes within the United States. The office will begin initial operation by fall 2007 and will build on the long-standing work of the Civil Applications Committee, which was created in 1974 to facilitate the use of the capabilities of the intelligence community for civil, non-defense uses in the United States.
While civil users are well supported for purposes such as monitoring volcanic activity, environmental and geological changes, hurricanes, and floods through the current Civil Applications Committee, homeland security and law enforcement will also benefit from access to Intelligence Community capabilities. As a principal interface between the Intelligence Community and the Civil Applications, Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Domains, the National Applications Office will provide more robust access to needed remote sensing information to appropriate customers by:
Enabling a wide spectrum of civil applications, homeland security, and law enforcement users greater access to the collection, analysis, and production skills and capabilities of the intelligence community;
Enhancing intelligence and information sharing and dissemination to federal, state, and local government and law enforcement users;
Educating customers about the capabilities and products of the intelligence community;
Advocating future collection technology needs of the civil applications, homeland security and law enforcement customers in the intelligence community and Department of Defense forums; and
Providing a forum for discussion of proper use oversight and management of new uses of classified information on behalf of domains, in addition to already established uses.
DHS fact sheet
In 1974, the Rockefeller Commission urged the creation of a Civil Applications Committee to facilitate the appropriate use of Intelligence Community remote sensing capabilities for civil purposes within the United States.
Does this give you Americans a sense of increased security?
Originally posted by watch_the_rocks
“He who would give up liberty for safety deserves neither safety nor liberty” - Founding Fathers