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Senate panel criticizes anti-terror data-sharing centers

Posted By admin On October 3, 2012 @ 2:53 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

Ken Dilanian and Brian Bennett
Los Angeles Times [1]
Oct 3, 2012

A federal domestic security effort to help state and local law enforcement catch terrorists by setting up more than 70 information-sharing centers around the country has threatened civil liberties while doing little to combat terrorism, a two-year examination by a Senate subcommittee found.

The so-called fusion centers were created in 2003 after the Sept. 11 commission concluded that federal, state and local law enforcement agencies needed to collaborate more in counter-terrorism efforts.

Funded by federal grants, the fusion centers were intended to share national intelligence with state and local law enforcement and to analyze potential terrorist activity detected by police. Homeland Security Department officials have credited the centers for helping uncover terrorist plans, including a 2009 plot to bomb the New York subway.

But the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, in a 146-page report released Tuesday that reviewed intelligence reports from fusion centers between April 1, 2009, and April 30, 2010, “could identify nothing that uncovered a terrorist threat, nor could it identify a contribution any fusion center made to disrupt an active terrorist plot.”

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[1] Los Angeles Times: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-fusion-centers-20121003,0,3075735.story

[2] DoD Announces New Information-Sharing Access to Help Fusion Centers Combat Terrorism: http://www.prisonplanet.com/dod-announces-new-information-sharing-access-to-help-fusion-centers-combat-terrorism.html

[3] DHS Fusion Centers Spend Much, Learn Little, Mislead a Lot: http://www.prisonplanet.com/dhs-fusion-centers-spend-much-learn-little-mislead-a-lot.html

[4] Fusion Centers Are Designed to Spy On the American People: http://www.prisonplanet.com/fusion-centers-are-designed-to-spy-on-the-american-people.html

[5] Senate panel to probe Boston intel issues: http://www.prisonplanet.com/senate-panel-to-probe-boston-intel-issues.html

[6] House bill extends TSA intel sharing to mass transit: http://www.prisonplanet.com/house-bill-extends-tsa-intel-sharing-to-mass-transit.html

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