This story from Wired is a couple months old but it is still relevant.
Here's a snippet:
Unnamed DHS officials told the panel the fusion centers produce “predominantly useless information” and “a bunch of crap.” An internal 2010 assessment, which DHS did not share with Congress, found that a third of all fusion centers don’t have defined procedures for sharing intelligence — “one of the prime reasons for their existence.” At least four fusion centers identified by DHS “do not exist,” the Senate found.
Did you catch that? "...fusion centers produce “predominantly useless information” and “a bunch of crap.”
Why is that? With all the billions of dollars spent on these fusion centers and privacy violating...er I mean, information gathering technologies, you'd think they'd be catching terrorists left and right.
Some fusion centers simply don’t care about terrorism. A Senate survey of 62 fusion centers in 2010 found that more than one-third of them, 25, didn’t even “mention terrorism in their mission statements.” Instead, they take federal anti-terrorism money and use it to supplement local law-enforcement priorities like fighting drugs, under the pretext that terrorists “would commit precursor crimes before an attack.”
As I've long suspected, the DHS, like most bureaucratic .gov agencies, are largely inept, money sucking, greedy, behemoths that can't be counted on to do their jobs properly.
Does this mean that the DHS is not dangerous to those of us who love Liberty? Not at all. More than likely the opposite.
As they are given more power, they become more unwilling to give it up. And that makes them dangerous.
"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men." ~ Lord Acton
But their ability to be effective is hampered by their own stupidity, which can be advantageous to FreeFor if/when the time comes.
Think electronic information overload, misdirection, etc. via social media sites like Twitter and Facebook and blogs.
A well organized misdirection campaign can confuse them, distract them, and depending on the intent, be used to identify them.
Apparently, Fusion Centers aren't all that they're made out to be. This doesn't mean you should let your guard down. They're not the only 'information gathering' team out there. Others are very very good at it.