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September 11th, 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States. In today’s program, we turn our attention not to the tragedy of 9/11 itself, but to 9/11 as an inflection point in U.S. culture and policy in two areas: domestic surveillance in the form of fusion centers, and the government and public regard of the use of torture in the War on Terror.
The Dept of Homeland Security created secretive spy centers across the U.S. in the wake of 9/11 where federal agencies and local agencies could share information on terrorist threats. But, after a series of leaks from law enforcement websites, it became clear that fusion centers were really targeting protesters and the poor. We take a look at a bill in Maine, which would defund its state’s fusion center, setting a precedent for other centers across the country.
And, we hear from a leading scholar on the anti-torture history of the War on Terror.
- Brendan McQuade, Author of Pacifying the Homeland: Intelligence Fusion and Mass Supervision.
- Matthew Guariglia, Policy Analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
- Dr. Lisa Hajjar, Professor of Sociology, UC Santa Barbara and Author of The War in Court: The Inside Story of the Fight Against Torture in the War on Terror.
Making Contact Staff
Host: Anita Johnson
Executive Director: Sonya Green
Staff Producers: Anita Johnson, Monica Lopez, Salima Hamirani
Bio Unit, Industrial Zone, Disquiet, Nultiel Records, 2021
Bio Unit, Steppe, Disquiet, Nultiel Records, 2021
Johnny Ripper, San Soucis, Soundtrack for a Film that Doesn’t Exist, N/A, 2012
Xylo Ziko – “Fireflies”
Storby – “Whatever”
Xylo Ziko – “Last Light”
Blue Dot Sessions – “Di Breun”
Xylo Ziko – “Submersible”
- Pacifying the Homeland: Intelligence Fusion and Mass Supervision
- The Cost of Fear: Long-Cited Abuses Persist at U.S. Government-Funded Post-9/11 Fusion Centers
- Maine Should Take this Chance to Defund the Local Intelligence Fusion Center
- The Defund Police Movement Takes Aim at Fusion Centers and Mass Surveillance
- Dr. Lisa Hajjar
- Dr. Lisa Hajjar – Jadaliyya