DHS Counterterror Centers “a Bunch of Crap”???

Well, since we’ve gone and gotten scatological in this issue, it seemed logical to bring you this report fromWired that says “The Senate’s bipartisan Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations found no evidence that DHS’ 70-plus fusion centers – places where state, local and federal law enforcement analyze and share information – uncovered a single terrorist threat between April 1, 2009 and April 30, 2010.”

“Nor,” the Senate panel writes in its just-released report, analyzing more than 80,000 fusion center documents, “could [the inquiry] identify a contribution such fusion center reporting made to disrupt an active terrorist plot.” Unnamed DHS officials told the panel the fusion centers produce “predominantly useless information” and “a bunch of crap.” An internal 2010 assessment, which DHS did not share with Congress, found that a third of all fusion centers don’t have defined procedures for sharing intelligence – “one of the prime reasons for their existence.” At least four fusion centers identified by DHS “do not exist,” the Senate found.

 

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