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Court Solidarity Email Scooped by State Police Snoops
13 Sep 2006
The Massachusetts State Police "Fusion Center" has intercepted an activist court solidarity email and forwarded it to the Lexington police department who passed it to the Concord district court where it was entered into evidence against a demonstrator on trial today.
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court solidarity email scooped by State Police snoops.
For information on the trial, you can visit:

Discover from the Concord District attorney shows that Philip Tarpey SPD/CIB ( PTtarpey (at) ) asked the State's "intelligence Fusion Center" to forward the email to the Lexington Police department who arrested Pete L. at a vigil during a speech by the Israeli consul in October. A prior hearing on the matter revealed that the arresting officer was on a paid detail by the institution hosting the Israeli official.

State trooper David Hughes at the Intelligence Fusion Center and possibly an individual named Paul Macone then faxed it to Officer Rizzo at The Lexington PD who forwarded the court solidarity email to the DA who entered it into evidence against Pete L.

The Massachusette State Police Fusion Center Is located at:
470 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA 01702
tel 508 802 2129
fax 508 820 2128

The email was lifted from "ariseaction (at)" and is viewable at The Bridge web site.

Pete L.'s Jury Trial Wednesday, Sep 13, 9 AM Concord District Court 305 Walden St, Concord, MA Directions in PDF: concorddistrictmain.html

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This proves that the nature of the "Fusion Center" is not counter-terrorism, but focused on oppression of citizens
13 Sep 2006
The "Fusion Center" was created to "analyze information from disparate sources statewide to spot criminal and terrorism patterns". Yet, here we see that its intent is to monitor and harass citizens engaged in First Amendment activities. We must make sure that Romney is not elected to the presidency.
See also:
if you do not carry you are easy prey for cowards
13 Sep 2006

The federal reserves court is attempting to use all your communications as evidence in the future, which is why you must rebutt these presumptions that you are a beneficiary of the federal reserve versus a sovereign....they can only do this to you in court if you allow it.

start here:
Phil Tarpey
13 Sep 2006
The Central Intelligence Bureau

The CIB is led by Sgt. Phil Tarpey and will integrate the Crime Analysis Unit. As a Community Policing initiative, the CIB will continue to analyze and distribute information related to crime prevention and security, while expanding it's role to include compiling of crime data, including hate crimes, security data and forecasting immediate and future needs of the SPD and the City of Springfield.

Using the strength of the community's observations, citizen and law enforcement reports, and crime analysis data, the CIB will gather the pieces of information together, analyze it, disseminate it, and use it to enhance the resolutions of crimes, keep the community safe, and prepare for the future.
Phil Tarplys cop family subject of FBI police brutality Prob
14 Sep 2006
The opinion was written by Associate City Solicitor Kathleen T. Breck, whose
brother is a police sergeant. His brother-in-law is one of the officers
involved in a November police brutality complaint that led the U.S. Justice
Department to request an FBI probe.

Breck said in a Dec. 27 letter to The Republican the votes of the Police
Commission on disciplinary matters "are not public records and will not be
disclosed." She cited a provision of a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
ruling upholding a lower court ruling that memoranda by police chiefs to
officers about the outcome of disciplinary investigations could be sealed
because they are included in the officer's personnel files. The same ruling
for the first time opened up internal affairs files regarding investigations
of civilian complaints against officers.

The Republican, which was engaged in a 10-month stalemate with the
department over public records last year, has appealed the case to the state
supervisor of public records.

The newspaper also is appealing the city's refusal to release videotapes of
two incidents, one of which resulted in discipline for an officer accused of
abusing a detainee in the police garage and the other involving an
altercation between police supervisors and a group of people that was filmed
in the Police Department lobby Sept. 28.

Breck said she would ask to be excused if any matter involving her brother,
Sgt. Philip Tarpey of the department's Central Intelligence Bureau, came
before the commission. She also said she has asked that she not be involved
in the investigation into a complaint regarding police response to Douglas
Greer, a school principal who said he was beaten by police while having a
diabetic attack at a Main Street gas station in November.

The incident prompted Greer's lawyer to seek a federal probe into whether
his civil rights were violated; the principal is black and the responding
officers white. One of the responding officers is James L. Shewchuk, the
brother-in-law of Breck's brother. "I asked the city solicitor that I not be
involved in the Greer case, and he has agreed," she said.

City solicitor Patrick J. Markey said Friday he will review the opinion
relative to commission votes and discuss it with the mayor.

Markey said he expects the Greer investigation to be completed and a report
to go to the Police Commission by the end of the month.

Breck said when her brother was assigned to internal affairs, she asked not
to be involved in any discussions of those matters.

Markey said he has faith in Breck's integrity and does not feel she has any
conflict as long as she does not have input on matters affecting her

Breck said the commission can choose to disclose votes but is not required
to under the law.

The opinions from the city Law Department reflect a change in posture
regarding public records from the administration of former Mayor Michael J.
Albano. The city over the past year has routinely dragged its feet on
responding to requests, in one case waiting more than a month to respond to
a Police Department records request, even though the law requires a response
in 10 days.

The 10-month delay regarding police payroll records - public under the law
and previous court cases - was the subject of discussion last month at a
Massachusetts Publishers Association meeting regarding a new bill designed
to strengthen the state's open meeting law by fining violators.

The Police Department last year also attempted to charge $1,212 for the
payroll records, prompting Mayor Charles V. Ryan to step in and inform the
police chief in writing he did not want "unreasonable charges" for public

The Police Commission has sometimes announced its vote or read it into the
record, but other times, on the advice of Breck, it has not. Other
commissions have made public how individual commissioners voted.

A residents group, Concerned Citizens Network, was formed in November after
the high school principal charged he was beaten by police. The group
sponsored a rally against "police brutality and harassment" and met behind
closed doors with Police Chief Paula C. Meara last week to discuss the

Neither the group nor Meara would comment on the meeting except to say it
went well.

Among records which the city has not made public is an internal affairs
report on a complaint which resulted in a 15-day suspension of Officer
Philip McBride last month, involving his treatment of a handcuffed prisoner
in the Police Department garage. Breck said the report would be made public
after certain information, including the names of civilian witnesses, is

A police video record of the incident has also been withheld. In an opinion,
Breck said disclosure would harm the privacy rights of the civilian

Breck said Markey has spoken to the complainant's lawyer and the video will
be released if he agrees to waive his rights.

In addition to the McBride video and the video of the Sept. 28 altercation
in the police lobby, the department also is refusing to disclose what
disciplinary action was taken by the Police Commission on an internal
affairs probe regarding Officer Anthony Bedinelli and the "incident report"
regarding the school principal's complaint.

The Republican has argued in its appeals to the state that the police videos
are public records just as other police documents are public under the law,
including 911 calls and police incident reports. In the case of the incident
in the police lobby, the location of the event also is public.

While the department says it is protecting the privacy of civilians, the
privacy exemptions in the law generally refer to such matters as medical or
employment history. In the case of the Sept. 28 incident, the names of the
civilians involved were already available under the law in both police and
court records.

Republican Managing Editor Marie P. Grady said the roadblocks put up to
public access are troubling, particularly because the mayor has indicated he
favors disclosure in most cases.

"Citizens have a right to know how public employees are performing and
whether they have honored the public trust placed in them," Grady said. "At
some point access continually delayed is access denied."
Message from Phil Tarpey
14 Sep 2006
Date: September 14, 2006 9:06:24 AM EDT
To: AriseAction (at)
Subject: [AriseAction] Message from Phil Tarpey
Reply-To: AriseAction (at)

I have not signed off of the group, and I do not wish to. If I am being removed from the list by the moderators, I'm not sure you have that moral authority. If I am being removed from the list by consensus of list members then, I will accept that.

I have been on this list for some time, and have been open and up front with all of you who wished to communicate with me. I invited the members of the list to remove me in the past when I was accused of "subterfuge", and I thought that I had made my focus and my intentions perfectly clear during the last spat. If you recall, your own list members questioned the need to have me removed during the last debate regarding the action to be taken at the Springfield Welfare office. Clearly, I was allowed to remain on your list as ptarpey (at) after that debate.

I look to your open and public communications on a regular basis to determine if public safety concerns may "arise" from your activism. The great majority of the time, there appears to be no public safety concern. Other times, when acts of CD are proposed or discussed, or the possibility of large groups of people gathering in one place, or the possibility of groups wishing to adversely affect a court procedure or other government function come to my attention, I forward the information to the concerned jurisdiction (if outside Springfield). I form no opinions and make no suggestions, but I do make my counterparts aware of activity which may present public safety issues to them. I make no apologies for that.

Do with me what you will. You are the "governors" of this list. Lets see if you treat me as fairly and openly as you would like to be treated.
Sgt. Phil Tarpey, Springfield Police
Making Sure The Facts are Straight
14 Sep 2006
Officer Tarpey joined the Arise Listserv under no false pretenses. The reason his list membership is being questioned is because Michaelann Bewsee and Holly Richardson took offense to the fact that this list member informed the target (Department of Transitional Assistance) of an Arise picket that would be targetting them.

It is wholly inappropriate that members of the Indymedia are allowing a hate and smear campaign to take place against this honest and forthright public servant who has disclosed in davance the nature of his participation Arise Listserv.

Somehow, a user with a vested interest in waging this smear campaign believes he is standing up for Pete L. and David Rolde have made a huge issue of this in the Arise list because of Pete's arrest at the Israeli Protest. Indymedia is unwise to allow Pete and David to repost this disinfomation here. They have crossposted it to several anarchist listservs, and have left intact that Indymedia is running the story. Since Indymedia has centered the story, and knows these people, they can be held responsible for any false or misleading information printed here. Also, it is just bad journalism.

If anyone doubts that Pete and David are not responsible for anonymously crossposting their campaigns here and in the Arise Listserve, they can visit this link.
14 Sep 2006
Modified: 03:39:31 PM
An infiltration of activist groups by police officers, whether open or undisclosed, is a clear violation of First Amendment Rights. In the very least it's an a threating act towards those who participate in the group and it's a well-known tactic from the FBI dating back to the 60s--although mostly done undercover.

If Phil Tarpey used evidence against one of the group members obtained during his "participation" in the above group, it amounts to spying on them.

The targeting of peace groups in California prompted the ACLU to file Freedom of Information Act requests. From their website: "The California Constitution prohibits this kind of infiltration without some specific suspicion of criminal activity. Even if local law enforcement officers are acting under the direction of the FBI or other federal authorities, they are still bound by the privacy guarantees embodied in this state's constitution."

I'm sure the Mass. constitution contains similar privacy guarantees, of course unless, our beautiful Patriot Act obliterates such basic rights like the right to (safe) assembly.
Freedom of Association
15 Sep 2006
Actually, it is not a violation of First Amendment Rights. If you took the time to visit the Arise listserv you would see that Tarpey is a member of Arise and that no one in the group is claiming that their rights to associate were violated. If anything, Tarpey has the right to notify victims of a protest because he is not only a member of Arise but a keeper of the peace.

He cannot be accused o0f spying if he used evidence against a member. If there was evidence there was misbehavior. You are trying to argue use of the First Amendment to protect criminal activity.

Your frail grasp of Cointelpro notwithstanding, the ACLU is not a government organization, it is an interest group. The findings of interest groups do not have legal force. But even if you were to demand that there be suspicion of criminal activity, there are at least two members of arise who meet that level of suspicion, including "infiltrators" from socialist groups. Arise is from Springfield Massachusetts, by the way, and not California.

If you support democracy and openness as you claim you do, you would not make so much of an issue out of standard disagreements arising from free association.
Pertinent Facts
15 Sep 2006

Given how no CD was discussed, or planned, in the bulletin I did forward - and how no public safety concerns arise from electronic or written petitioning of public officials, as is the clear right of all citizens - I must take issue with Officer Tarpey's arguments.

The mere suggestion that any given citizen's exercise of his or her Goddess given right to petition public servants, Selectmen and/ or District Attorneys for the redress of a grievance somehow presents a public safety concern speaks volumes, I believe.

To furthermore suggest that such a petition might "adversely affect" any legitimate function of the government also speaks volumes, I believe, about what one believes the legitimate function of government to be. To profess that it might "adversely affect" a "court procedure" convened only via false arrest and/ or prosecutorial misconduct speaks volumes about what one believes the legitimate function of our criminal injustice system to be.

Therefore, yes, Officer Tarpey did indeed form an opinion. In his opinion, the legitimate petitioning of public servants and public officials presents a public safety concern.

Therefore, yes, Officer Tarpey did indeed make a suggestion. He suggested, by the mere forwarding of my post, that it somehow mystically presented a public safety concern.

How fairly and openly was I treated, or Pete treated? Officer Tarpey never once communicated any concerns to me. Perhaps he realized then, as he surely must now, that his views over what might or might not present a public safety concern are views informed by his politics.

I must say that there were many public safety concern indeed related to what I did to that list convey, but such concerns did not arise either Pete's activities or my own. I say there was and is a public safety concern over prosecutorial misconduct and prosecutorial powers unchecked. I say there was and is a public safety concern regarding erosions of the rights to petition and express dissent. I say there was and is a public safety concern over subjecting activists operating well within the law to false arrest, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution. And I believe there now to be many public safety concerns vis-a-vis CID.

Let me furthermore point out, in reply to misinformation recently posted to this Boston IMC forum, that it was I, not Mr. Rolde, who made a "big deal" out of this on the list noted. Mr. Rolde only but informed list subscribers how the bulletin I posted was being employed, and by whom. Let me make this also clear, contrary to false claims recently made on this forum: that Officer Tarpey was in no way, shape or form expelled from the list for his communications with the Department for Transitional Assistance, but was expelled at my own request only for this latest controversy. He had, in essence, identified yours truly, Pete and nearly all concerned with Pete's welfare to be somehow presenting "public safety" concerns relating to possible criminal or terrorist activity. That is way out of line.

Sincerely yours,

Owen R. Broadhurst
Green-Rainbow Party Candidate for State Representative, Third Hampden District

Green-Rainbow Party State Committee delegate, Hampden County

Green Party of the United States National Committee delegate, Massachusetts
Phil Tarpey
15 Sep 2006
Authors note: This original post was censored anonymously and without explanation above by someone. There is no ligitimate reason for deleting public, on topic and revelant information from this comment thread. Is there?

Centeral Intelligence Bureau

The CIB is led by Sgt. Phil Tarpey and will integrate the Crime Analysis Unit. As a Community Policing initiative, the CIB will continue to analyze and distribute information related to crime prevention and security, while expanding it's role to include compiling of crime data, including hate crimes, security data and forecasting immediate and future needs of the SPD and the City of Springfield.

Using the strength of the community's observations, citizen and law enforcement reports, and crime analysis data, the CIB will gather the pieces of information together, analyze it, disseminate it, and use it to enhance the resolutions of crimes, keep the community safe, and prepare for the future.

[DISCLAIMER: Thanks for the post, particularly the link. We hid information from CIB on how to report crime because Indymedia is not the place for providing that information. See web site if interested. BIMC Editors]
leave us out of this!
15 Sep 2006
Paul Macone is a Leutienant here in the concord police department. Hes got nothing to do with any of this 'snooping' and if you dont believe me you can call him up at 318-3406 and ask for yourselfs.

Pauls a good cop and he does an excellent lecture called "Pipes, bongs, & accessories - Everything you don't want to know about and probably should" Im sure hed be happy to give you all his presentation since it sure seems like you all need it. Feel free to bring your own favorite accessory when you do.
Mitt Romneys spys squad
15 Sep 2006
Gov. Mitt Romney unveiled the Commonwealth Fusion Center on May 11, 2005. The Massachusetts State Police is the primary agency overseeing the Fusion Center, working in close partnership with other local, state and federal agencies including the Regional Homeland Security Councils, Boston Police Tactical Intelligence Center, Department of Corrections, the Massachusetts Transit Police, the United States Coast Guard, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the US Attorney's Office. The activities of the fusion center will be linked closely to the ongoing work of the Joint Terrorism Task Force based in Boston.

What is a Fusion Center?

A Fusion Center is defined as a collaborative effort of two or more agencies who provide resources, expertise and /or information to the center with the goal of maximizing the ability to detect, prevent, apprehend and respond to criminal and terrorist activity.

Why do we need a Fusion Center?
Effective terrorism-related prevention, protection, preparedness, response and recovery efforts depend on timely and accurate information about: who the enemy is, where they operate, how they are supported, the targets the enemy intends to attack, and the method of attack they intend to use. Fusion centers embody the core collaboration and as demands increase and resources decrease, fusion centers will become an effective tool to maximize available resources and build trusted relationships.

Who has access to Fusion Center information?
The Fusion Center will follow the principles and recommendations set forth in the National Criminal Intelligence Sharing Plan, working to share relevant, unclassified information with a wide variety of local, state and federal partners, as well as private sector partners.

What is intelligence-led policing?
Intelligence-Led Policing is the collection and analysis of information to produce an intelligence end-product designed to inform police decision making at both the tactical and strategic levels.[1]

Strategic intelligence[2] provides an overview of criminal activity, groups, and threats, enabling broader departmental, regional and statewide policy planning and resource allocation. Tacticalintelligence is used either in the formulation of an ongoing criminal investigation or in threat litigation during a crisis situation.

How will it support my operations at the local level?

The Fusion Center has and is developing additional resources including Autotrack, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FINCEN) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NWCCC). Through implementation of the Intelligence Management System (IMS), the Fusion Center will enable local, regional, state and federal public safety partners to provide information to be analyzed. Resulting intelligence will be disseminated to Fusion Center partners in accordance with applicable state and federal regulations.[3]

How do we access the Fusion Center Resources?
FusionCenterMain Number: 508-820-2129
FusionCenterFax: 508-820-2128
FusionCentere-mail: fusion (at)
Terrorism Tip Line: 1-888-USA-5458

When does the Fusion Center operate?
The Commonwealth Fusion Center is a 24-hour a day, 7 day a week operation.

Will public safety officials have access to all Fusion Center information?
Based upon federal and state law and national criminal intelligence standards, access to certain intelligence information is restricted to a need to know, right to know basis. Information relevant to an on going investigation will be restricted to those entities involved with the investigation, while general homeland security bulletins will be disseminated to a wider public safety audience.
15 Sep 2006
"CFC Analysts are highly trained professionals who have SECRET level clearances issued by the federal government. Fusion Center analysts will treat partner agency’s information with the utmost confidentiality."

Critical Infrastructure

The Commonwealth Fusion Center Analysts also have assigned critical infrastructure specialties. Through accessto a variety of intelligence and information sources, the analysts work to maintain areal-time level of awareness relating to any and all current threat information, security updates and suspicious incidents relating to critical infrastructure by type and/or geographic locations.

The Fusion Center seeks to become a central point for gathering threat related information, specifically in regard to suspicious incidents that may initially appear isolated but may actually be part of a larger criminal enterprise. The CFC Analysts also seek to provide direct points of contact for personnel working with sites deemed to be critical infrastructure, who may have security related questions or seek to provide information related to non-emergency suspicious incidents. This information will be collected and stored in an intelligence database that will assist analysts in producing intelligence products for public and private sector partners. The goal is to provide the tools to keep the Commonwealth better prepared to prevent a catastrophic incident and/or respond in the case of an emergency. fusion (at) Availability 24 hours a day/ 365 days a year


The mission of the Commonwealth Fusion Center is to provide 24 hours a day statewide information sharing among local, state and federal public safety agencies andprivate sector organizations in order to facilitate the collection, analysis anddissemination of intelligence relevant to terrorism and public safety.
The Commonwealth Fusion Center will accomplish the following: Work in partnership with local, state, regional and federal public safety agencies Implement a secure, comprehensive mechanism for the timely exchange of information Provide direct investigative and analytic support Provide accurate and timely intelligence products In working towards these goals, the Commonwealth Fusion Center and its partners will make Massachusetts safer for all its citizens, visitors and public safety personnel.

CFC Information sources : Intelligence Management Software (IMS)(implementation pending)Geographic Information Systems (GIS)Commercial DatabasesAutotrack (Public Records)Warren Group (Real Estate Transactions)Law Enforcement DatabasesMSP databases Regional Information Sharing System(RISSNET) Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) Registry of Motor Vehicles Joint Regional Information ExchangeSystem (JRIES) Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FINCEN) National White Collar Crime Center(NWCCC) El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC) INTERPOLNational Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) Insurance Service Organization (ISO) - insurance claims ANALYTIC SUPPORT
Commonwealth Fusion Center Intelligence Analysts are available to assist any and all law enforcement agencies with investigations and projects that contribute to the resolution of a case or insight into organized criminal/terrorist activity. CFC Analysts are highly trained professionals who have SECRET level clearances issued by the federal government. Fusion Center analysts will treat partner agency’s information with the utmost confidentiality. In addition to knowledge and training in terrorism related analysis, CFC Analysts also have specific specialty areas including: Crime Patterns and Mapping Organized Crime Identity Theft Motorcycle Gangs Street Gangs Narcotics Trafficking Human Trafficking Diversion of Pharmaceuticals Financial Crimes Arson Auto Theft/Insurance Fraud Based on a partner’s specific needs, an analyst will assist with an intelligence project or complex investigation. Fusion Center services are also available to task forces to assist them in analyzing data.
Intelligence and Information Sharing Working Group
15 Sep 2006
"to set an example by eliminating bureaucratic "stovepipes" that prevent fusion of intelligence information "

And now the fusion center concept has gotten a major push from the Intelligence and Information Sharing Working Group set up under the federal Homeland Security Advisory Committee. This working group, chaired by Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, has called for a nationwide network of fusion centers, coordinated through statewide plans for how each level of government, and in some cases the private sector, will work together to consolidate and evaluate data from every conceivable source. But the working group, reflecting Romney's often-expressed frustration with federal indifference to the state and local role in intelligence gathering and analysis, also called on the administration to set minimum standards for fusion centers, and to set an example by eliminating bureaucratic "stovepipes" that prevent fusion of intelligence information in Washington.

A fusion center that opened in 2005 in Massachusetts reflects that multi-level, multi-jurisdictional approach to intelligence gathering and sharing. The Massachusetts State Police is the primary agency overseeing the center, working in close partnership with the Regional Homeland Security Councils, Boston Police Tactical Intelligence Center, Massachusetts Department of Corrections, Massachusetts Transit Police, U.S. Coast Guard, Federal Bureau of Investigation. and U.S. Attorney's Office. And the activities of the fusion center will be linked closely to the ongoing work of the Joint Terrorism Task Force based in Boston.

Resources For Action

"Creating a Trusted Network for Homeland Security," The Markle Foundation, December 2, 2003

"U.S. Panel Seeks Broad Information-Sharing Changes to Improve Antiterrorism Efforts," Global Security Newswire, December 13, 2004

Gov. Janet Napolitano, "Securing Arizona," Democratic Leadership Council, April 23, 2003

Further Reading

John D. Cohen and John A. Hurson, "Modernizing Homeland Security," Blueprint, March 25, 2002

"State Fusion Center opens in Framingham," MetroWest Daily, May 12, 2005


Robert Haas
Secretary of Public Safety
State of Massachusetts
1 Ashburton Place, RM 2133
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 727-7775