Request Submitted To: Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety & Security

Category: Law Enforcement

Year Filed: 2005

Background

After 9/11, the Department of Homeland Security began creating around 40 “Fusion Centers” across the United States. These state, local, and regional institutions were originally created to improve the sharing of anti-terrorism intelligence among different state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies. However, these agencies raise very serious privacy issues at a time when new technology, government powers, and zeal in the “war on terrorism” are combining to threaten Americans’ privacy at an unprecedented level.

A public records request was made to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security about the planning and funding of the Massachusetts Fusion Center, known now as the “Boston Regional Intelligence Center,” or BRIC. A subsequent request, made also to EOPSS, asked for information about all government systems, databases and records that are accessible by the Fusion Center.