University “Campus Watch” Citizen Spy Program Partners With Threat Fusion Center To Report Suspicious Activity
A University of Arizona student sent us the following forwarded message from a professor:
Anthony Daykin, Chief of Police
REPORTING SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY
Based upon Osama bin Laden being killed by U.S. military forces, The University of Arizona Police Department, in a joint effort with The Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center, is asking all Citizens to increase vigilance and maintain a heightened awareness of suspicious activities.
The University of Arizona Police Department encourages you to remain alert and aware of your surroundings and the people in your vicinity at all times. If you notice suspicious activity or persons, please call your local law enforcement agency by first dialing 9-1-1. Information can then be forwarded to the ACTIC Watch Center at 1-877-2SAVE-AZ (1-877-272-8329), or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We know that threat assessment fusion centers, represented above by The Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center (ACTIC), have been set up around the country in order to federalize local communities through public and private partnership programs. On their website, ACTIC states that in 2006 they launched a Community Liaison Program which now includes “More than 4,000 contact representatives from 300 private and public sector organizations participate” to support “the National Homeland Security Strategies of ‘Strengthening Information Sharing and Collaboration Capabilities.’ In so doing they have enlisted the following Participating Partners:
- Religious groups
- Block watches
- Private security companies
- Tourism industry
- Financial groups
- Utility companies
- Public health organizations
- Educational institutions
- Community Groups
- And Many More…
- The threat the University of Arizona Police Department states in its letter is couched within the Al-Qaeda reprisal theory, but the threat assessment asserted by other fusion centers already has included suspected homegrown terrorism, which specifically includes universities as a potential source of terrorist recruitment and sympathizers.