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Friday, August 26, 2005

This Would Probably Fall Under "Knowledge Management" 

Courtesy of our distinguished colleague the Heretik: You will no doubt recall Joe Dunn, the California state senator who last month subpoenaed documents pertaining to the "Information Synchronization, Knowledge Management and Intelligence Fusion" program within the California National Guard -- a de facto domestic spy operation, charged with the task of collecting intelligence on American civilians. (Moreover, Sen. Dunn was at the time attempting to confirm reports that numerous state guards had established covert surveillance units on the California model.)

Dunn has now seen Army documents suggesting that the Guard's snooping operations may be more extensive than previously reported:
The California National Guard, already under investigation for allegedly spying on a Mother's Day peace rally, engaged in other surveillance activities involving citizens, a state senator said Thursday, citing a confidential Army report.

Democratic Sen. Joe Dunn accused the Guard's acting adjutant general of deliberately mischaracterizing the report when the general claimed last week that it cleared a Guard intelligence unit that was accused of spying on U.S. citizens.

Dunn, who reviewed the report last week, said it refers to additional protests and demonstrations, and "labeled as questionable" Guard involvement surrounding them . . . .

The Guard and the state attorney general say the Guard's intelligence unit merely tries to assess threats to bridges, buildings and other structures and does no spying . . . .

In a letter to the inspector general, Dunn alleged that Brig. Gen. John R. Alexander mischaracterized the report's conclusions because he believed the report would never be made public and his interpretation would not be contradicted.

"Once again, the highest ranks of the Guard have shown that they are incapable of being open and honest with the people of California," Dunn said in his letter. He requested that the report be made public to clear up the conflicting interpretations.

The federal National Guard Bureau, which oversees state guard units, agreed with Alexander's interpretation that the report cleared the Guard of any violations and that no further action was necessary.

Dunn also took issue with the report's conclusion that the intelligence unit was not secretly created because a funding request was submitted to the Legislature.

Dunn said the request was indeed prepared, but the Guard's former chief, Maj. Gen. Thomas Eres, refused to submit it to lawmakers.

"That unit was created in complete secrecy and deliberately so," Dunn said.

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