Homeland Security 'fusion' centers spy on citizens, produce 'shoddy' work, report says

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The Department of Homeland Security has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on a network of 77 so-called 'fusion' intelligence centers that have collected personal information on some U.S. citizens -- including detailing the 'reading habits' of American Muslims -- while producing 'shoddy' reports and making no contribution to thwarting any terrorist plots, a new Senate report states. The ' fusion centers,' created under President George W. Bush and expanded under President Barack Obama, consist of special teams of federal , state and local officials collecting and analyzing intelligence on suspicious activities throughout the country. They have been hailed by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano as 'one of the centerpieces' of the nation's counterterrorism efforts.

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