Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center

We have TLOs [terrorism liaison officers] comprised of law enforcement officers and public safety personnel from throughout Arizona. We bring them in and train them as intelligence officers, and we supply equipment to them, and then we send them back out into the community. They are a direct tie to the AcTIC center for both information coming in and information going out…”   Roger Vanderpool, Director of AzDPS

Do you know what a “TLO” is? I certainly didn’t until I ran across this interesting bit of – its either a very slick security system or a major hub of Big Brother – I’ll let you sort that one out.

Here’s where it gets interesting, conservatives are the ones who are not supposed to want a Nanny State and liberals are the ones voting in the folks who bring us more of the Nanny State, right?  Imagine my surprise when I ran over this take on the matter.  The article is titled, “The New Snoops: Terrorism Liasion Officers, Some from the Private Sector“.   They maintain that a TLO can be police officers, firefighters, paramedics,  the cable guy, and even utility workers.

That’s Roger Vanderpool chatting with Watch Center Commander, DPS Lieutenant Norris.  Get a look at that media wall behind them! Want to know where all those ubiquitous intersection security cameras feed into? I’m guessing its here.  I’m not sure if I should be impressed or worried.

This good readers is the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center in Phoenix, home to 32 different terrorism and enforcement related agencies ranging from DPS to the FBI, Homeland Security and many more.

There’s a lot to read about it, so here’s the link from Casa Grande Valley Newspapers with the full skinny.


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