Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Inquiry Cites Flaws in Counterterrorism Offices

Risen, James. "Inquiry Cites Flaws in Counterterrorism Offices." The New York Times, October 2, 2012.

From the article: "One of the nation’s biggest domestic counterterrorism programs has failed to provide virtually any useful intelligence, according to Congressional investigators.

Their scathing report, to be released Wednesday, looked at problems in regional intelligence-gathering offices known as “fusion centers” that are financed by the Department of Homeland Security and created jointly with state and local law enforcement agencies.

The report found that the centers “forwarded intelligence of uneven quality — oftentimes shoddy, rarely timely, sometimes endangering citizens’ civil liberties and Privacy Act protections, occasionally taken from already published public sources, and more often than not unrelated to terrorism.” Read more

See also
U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs. "Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations."