TAMI/End-to-End Semantic Accountability

21 May 2008

Possible Fusion Center Scenario for Discussion

K. Krasnow Waterman


We have a research grant from IARPA -- Intelligence AdvancedResearch Projects Activity -- and we are to produce a privacy accountability scenario relevant to the Intelligence Community.

During multiple meetings with potential government users, they raised the following subjects as of interest in a future scenario:

Possible Scenario

This scenario is a fictional compilation of a number of US and foreign news events:

Private data: A man in a vehicle was observed apparently taking photographs of security guards at a private nuclear power plant. One of the security guards took photographs of the man and his car and turned them over to the local police. The photographs provide a clear picture of the vehicle and its license plate, but a blurry photo of the man.

State data: The local police looked up the license plate and then ran the owner's name in NCIC; the owner was a twice-convicted arsonist. The local police then looked up the owner's drivers license. Because the security guard photo was blurry it was not possible to match the drivers license photo; however, there was nothing in the drivers license photo that ruled out a match. The local police opened a criminal case investigation and created an ISE-SAR with all of the above information. The ISE-SAR is available to other local and federal agencies through the Central Florida Intelligence Exchange (CFIX).

Federal data: An FBI analyst


Some differences


[1] US DOJ, US DHS, & Global Justice, Fusion Center Guidelines: Developing and Sharing Information and Intelligence in a New Era , p. 2

[2] Thomas E. McNamara, Information Sharing Environment(ISE), Functional Standard (FS), Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR), Version 1.0 , 5.g, January 25, 2008.

[3] E.g., McNamara, I.A., p. 5, & IV, pp. 12-23.

[4] McNamara, 5.f., p. 2.

[5] McNamara, II.E, p. 11.

[6] McNamara, IV, PrivacyFieldIndicator, p. 23.

[7] McNamara, IV, ReportPurgeDate & ReportPurgeReviewDate, p. 23

[8] 5 USC Section 552a (a)(2)

K. Krasnow Waterman
21 May 2008