DHS/Fusion Centers Co-Opted To Spy On Patriots Concerned About Islam

03/21/2018

Brenda Arthur testifies on refugee resettlement Feb. 22, 2017, before the West Virginia House of Delegates Homeland Security Committee in Charleston. West Virginia.
Brenda Arthur testifies on refugee resettlement Feb. 22, 2017, before the West Virginia House of Delegates Homeland Security Committee in Charleston. West Virginia.

During the Obama years, several Muslim individuals were placed into high-level positions at the Department of Homeland Security and who were also formative in the creation of Fusion Centers all over the U.S. The stated purpose of the Fusion Center initiative was to deter terrorism, but later government studies showed a complete failure to live up to its original mission. Despite being publicly discredited, Fusion Centers are still in full operation today, and it seems that another purpose-for-existence has surfaced: To spy on citizen activists who are concerned about Islam

Brenda Arthur received an unexpected visit on March 8 that, one week later, leaves her feeling more than a little uneasy.

At her door that day was an officer with the West Virginia State Police. He wanted to know about her involvement in a Freedom of Information request regarding a local mosque.

Arthur, who will turn 67 this summer, serves as leader of the West Virginia chapter of ACT For America, whose mission is to educate Americans about the advancement of Islamic principles in Western societies.

As a Jewish American, she was concerned about a major expansion of the Islamic Association of West Virginia in her hometown of South Charleston. This mosque has hosted an openly anti-Semitic preacher in the past, and so she went to city hall in late January to have a look at its construction permits and site plans, something that is within the right of every American citizen under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act and state open-records laws.

She had no idea that this perfectly legal activity, performed every day by citizen watchdogs across the U.S., would prompt a visit from the state police.

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