- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
- senate Committees
- The house Passed January 31st, 2017Passed by Voice Vote
Committee on Homeland SecurityCommittee on Transportation and InfrastructureIntroducedJanuary 24th, 2017
- house Committees
This bill expands the ability of federal intelligence and security agencies to communicate and coordinate with one another through fusion centers. This will allow greater coordination of law enforcement and intelligence assets. Full text here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/642/text
This sounds too much like a consolidation of power in the chain of command giving one person more direct control of forces in the field who should be using their own hearts and minds to make the right decision in the moment. Don't like it? Build a droid army.
The fusion of information and intelligence between federal, state, and local agencies is something clearly in the interest of the federal government and our national security. This program should continue to be funded and expanded with matching funds provided by state and local governments.
Given the questionable effectiveness of Fusion Centers in their current manifestation, and the extents to which they have been useful at best, and a serious threat to civil liberties at worst, it doesn't make sense to further legislation that expands their powers or reach.