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New York Times sues DHS for records on “fusion centers”

<p>The New York Times has filed suit against the Department of Homeland Security over access to department assessments of DHS-funded “fusion centers” written between 2009 and 2014. The centers—created by DHS after 9/11 in an attempt to facilitate information sharing about terrorism among local, state, and federal agencies—have been roundly criticized as duplicative of other counterterrorism efforts, wasteful, and threatening to First Amendment rights. DHS released some assessments to the Times, but in heavily redacted form. The department ignored the Times appeal, and so the newspaper filed suit. According to the National Fusion Center Association, there are nearly 80 fusion centers throughout the United States. Most states have at least one fusion center, while some states have more than one. California boasts six fusion centers. Massachusetts has two—one run by the state police, and one run by the Boston Police Department.</p>