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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:35 PM
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Intel centers losing anti-terror focus
Source: Associated Press

Local intelligence-sharing centers set up after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks have had their anti-terrorism mission diluted by a focus on run-of-the-mill street crime and hazards such as hurricanes, a government report concludes.

Of the 43 "fusion centers" already established, only two focus exclusively on preventing terrorism, the Government Accountability Office found in a national survey obtained by The Associated Press. Center directors complain they were hampered by lack of guidance from Washington and were flooded by often redundant information from multiple computer systems.

Administration officials defended the centers and said encompassing all sorts of crimes in the intelligence dragnet is the best way to catch terrorists.

The original idea was to coordinate resources, expertise and information of intelligence agencies so the country could detect and prevent terrorist acts. The concept has been widely embraced, particularly by the Sept. 11 commission, and the federal government has provided $130 million to help get them off the ground. But until recently, there were no guidelines for setting up the centers and as a result, the information shared and how it is used vary.

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071129/ap_on_go_co/intelli...
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bonito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:51 PM
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1. We know the war on terra is a bullshit facade
No cold war with Russia, no money for the machine, gota inflate a situation somewhere imo



facade
superficial, or artificial appearance or effect
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Reno.Muse Donating Member (307 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-29-07 01:09 AM
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2. People, you are not going to believe the money that is being wasted
on these bogus fusion centers. All they are is gloried cash cows for police departments.
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MetaTrope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-29-07 01:42 AM
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3. Their mission will become clear enough when the orders come down from "President-for-Life" Bush...
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