By Erin Rosa 8/20/08
The Democratic National Convention will serve as a catalyst for the creation of a temporary “super fusion” center that two local police officials hope will permanently expand domestic intelligence powers in Colorado.
The concept, outlined by Michael Battista, deputy chief of operations for the Denver Police Department, in little-noticed congressional testimony last summer, will culminate in security preparations for next week’s convention managed by the largest convergence of law enforcement, military and emergency personnel in the state’s history. The massive apparatus used by federal agencies like the United States Secret Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation will be deployed to gather intelligence about potential threats and “suspicious activities” during the convention.
The Colorado Independent reported last month that the state’s intelligence fusion center, known as the Colorado Intelligence Analysis Center (CAIC) will be operating 24 hours a day during the convention and will be fully staffed with up to eight intelligence analysts at any given time.