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West Virginia Authorities on the Lookout for ISIS (Video)

| by Michael Allen

The West Virginia Fusion Intelligence Center in Charleston is monitoring possible activities by the Middle Eastern terrorist organization ISIS in the poverty-stricken state.

"Our role is receiving information," Thomas Kirk, director of the Fusion Center, told WCHS (video below).

"There are areas in the United States that are not too far from here, that have very large populations that are being recruited for ISIS right now," claimed Kirk.

"There are people associated with al-Qaida, there are people on the Terrorist Watch List who do travel through West Virginia, whether it's through the airports or through the roads," added Kirk.

However, Fusion Centers have been criticized.

Democracy Now! reported in 2009 that a Fusion Center in Washington State included local law enforcement, private companies and the U.S. military working together to spy on peace activists, which may have violated U.S. laws on using the U.S. military against Americans.

The CATO Institute noted in 2011:

The Tennessee ACLU sent a letter to public schools warning them not to celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday. The Tennessee Fusion Center put the communication on its map of “terrorism events and other suspicious activity.”

The North Texas Fusion System labeled Muslim lobbyists as a potential threat... a fusion center in Missouri thought that all third-party voters and Ron Paul supporters were a threat...

ISIS terrorists may not be the most dangerous threat to West Virginia. In 2012, MountaineerNewsService.com reported how the state was plagued by poor health and poverty.

Sources: WCHS, Democracy Now!, CATO Institute, MountaineerNewsService.com