Secrets & Spies: Inside Austin's Police Fusion Center

The Chronicle continues its coverage of a trove of documents hacked from a multi­-agency intelligence center operated by the Austin Police Department. The hack, called BlueLeaks, contains documents meant to be kept secret, originating from the Austin Regional Intel­li­gence Center (ARIC) and other such "fusion centers" across the country that emerged after the 9/11 attacks. ARIC's threat liaison officer program enlists law enforcement and private citizens as informants, and BlueLeaks includes more than a decade's worth of details of the sometimes absurd, often paranoid, and questionably legal efforts of these semi-pro spies.

Is ARIC Still Watching?
Is ARIC Still Watching?
Despite scrutiny, fusion center still keeps tabs on protests

Dec. 10, 2020

You Don't Have to Break the Law to Get Watched by ARIC
You Don't Have to Break the Law to Get Watched by ARIC
Anarchy in the ATX

Oct. 29, 2020

ARIC Changes Its Course – a Little – on Privacy Issues
ARIC Changes Its Course – a Little – on Privacy Issues
Suspicious Activity Reports to get a shorter shelf life

Oct. 22, 2020

Austin at Large: ARIC, Meet ALICE
Austin at Large: ARIC, Meet ALICE
Two acronyms walk into an ongoing conversation about justice and equity

Sept. 10, 2020

ARIC: Black Marchers With Guns?
ARIC: Black Marchers With Guns?
How the Huey P. Newton Gun Club got caught up in Austin Regional Intelligence Center’s snitching program

Sept. 10, 2020

Local Activists Call Out Police and Find Themselves Flagged as Threats
Local Activists Call Out Police and Find Themselves Flagged as Threats
Doesn't take much to get on the watchlist

Aug. 27, 2020

ARIC Trainings Teach Cops and Informants Junk Science
ARIC Trainings Teach Cops and Informants Junk Science
Police are learning lessons in fear

Aug. 27, 2020

Austin Regional Intelligence Center's Secret Informants Show How Profiling Works
Austin Regional Intelligence Center's Secret Informants Show How Profiling Works
“Middle Eastern”? Your info might be on file at Austin’s fusion center.

Aug. 6, 2020

APD’s Secret Informants Eyeing Neighbors for “Suspicious” Activity, Leaked Documents Reveal
APD’s Secret Informants Eyeing Neighbors for “Suspicious” Activity, Leaked Documents Reveal
APD intel center puts spies among us

July 23, 2020

Point Austin: Step Up to Citizenship
The curtain rises on the annual budget pageant – places, please

June 25, 2010

Reefer Madness: Austin Is 'Command Center' for Drug Trafficking
City could draw federal dollars with new designation

April 9, 2010

Drug Trafficking Gets Intense?
Drug Trafficking Gets Intense?
Feds designate Austin as high-intensity drug trafficking zone

April 5, 2010

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