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Wed Oct 2, 2019, 07:17 AM

Oregon Titan Fusion Center: Revealed: anti-terror center helped police track environmental activists

Source: The Guardian

Revealed: anti-terror center helped police track environmental activists

Observers argue efforts by the Oregon Titan Fusion Center to disseminate information about protesters violates state law

Will Parrish and Jason Wilson
Wed 2 Oct 2019 07.00 BST
Last modified on Wed 2 Oct 2019 07.02 BST

A federally sponsored anti-terrorism fusion center in Oregon assisted a taskforce monitoring protest groups organizing against a fossil fuel infrastructure project in the state, according to documents obtained by the Guardian.

The Oregon Titan Fusion Center – part of a network set up to monitor terrorist activities – disseminated information gathered by that taskforce, and shared information provided by private security attached to the gas project with some of the task force members.

Observers, including the American Civil Liberties Union, argue these efforts break Oregon law.

Previously, the Guardian revealed the existence of the South-western Oregon Joint Task Force (SWOJTF), a group spearheaded by the Coos county sheriff’s office (CCSO), and its surveillance of those opposing the Jordan Cove energy project: a $10bn proposed liquid natural gas project that would include a new export terminal in Coos Bay, Oregon.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/oct/02/oregon-pipelines-protests-monitoring-police-anti-terror-unit

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