IMMEDIATE CALL TO ACTION FOR ALL US DEFENDERS & TMRA2 STATE WIDE
CALL TO ACTION FOR ALL US DEFENDERS & TMRA2 STATE WIDE: We need you at the Capitol!
We just received notice that S.B.1572-Fusion Center Bill introduced by Senator Kirk Watson is up for committee hearing this coming Wednesday at the Texas capitol. We need letters and support on this bill.
If you can show up to the capitol and testify in writng and the bill will probably not be heard until Wednesday afternoon since its the third bill from the last to come up for that day.
COMMITTEE: Transportation & Homeland Security TIME & DATE: 7:30 AM, Wednesday, March 30, 2011
PLACE: E1.016 (Hearing Room)
CHAIR: Senator Tommy Williams
There is an sample letter attached and we ask that each biker write a letter and e-mail it or fax it, and CALL to each committee member below immediately:
Texas Motorcycle Rights Association
Sen. Wendy Davis
Sen. Rodney Ellis
Sen. Chris Harris
Sen. Juan Hinojosa
Sen. Robert Nichols
Sen. Florence Shapiro
Sen. Jeff Wentworth
Fusion Center Example letter
To: Senator Tommy Williams
Chairman for Transportation and Homeland Security
In Re: SB1572 Fusion Center Bill relating to Intelligence Data Standards and Protected Personal Information
Dear Senator Williams:
We are asking for support on SB1572 referenced above relating to Fusion Center Privacy Policies so that the state of Texas can:
-Reduce the cost of spending in the law enforcement arenas; Have model fusion centers for the rest of the states to model them by;
-Cut down on law suits for unconstitutional profiling which cost Texas taxpayers money; And collect data on the real criminals while still protecting every Texans civil rights.
The fusion center were originally tasked with preventing and combating terrorism, most fusion centers now take on an “all-crimes approach”, incorporating information and intelligence about a multitude of crimes from large scale illicit drug operations to simple traffic stops.
Expanding further, many fusion centers are now collecting and analyzing private and non-criminal information such as political beliefs and activities, shopping purchases, driving habits, and even health records.
As a motorcyclist I am concerned with Fusion Centers for a variety of reasons. Among them is the unfortunate fact the Fusion Center system has been utilized on numerous occasions across the country in order to violate the rights of and profile innocent Americans who are engaging in First Amendment protected activity.
Additionally, motorcyclists from across the state are reporting to the CDC&I and the Texas Motorcycle Rights Association that DPS officers and local police are pulling them over, taking pictures of their patches and tattoos, and placing their information into fusion center databases when there is no criminal activity suspected.
We ask that you vote YES for SB1572 so that the Fusion Centers can be operated without violating an individual’s Constitutional rights.
Please reply to this correspondence.