posted on Oct, 3 2012 @ 01:38 PM
IIRC, after 9/11, the folks in DC in their great wisdom, decided the best way to eliminate the communication issues between federal agencies, was to
create a whole new one.. Department of Homeland Security..
...put them all under the umbrella of DHS so intelligence efforts designed to prevent another 9/11 would not meet the same fate.
Now, after a two year review, the Senate committee has reported that there has been alot of wasted money on top of stepping on citizen's civil
liberties, which has often been posted here on ATS..
The kicker? no significant useful intel was gathered...
Maybe we should lobby Congress to start up another agency to fix this one. /sarcasm
Today the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations published this lengthy investigative report, which provides devastatingly negative answers
to these questions with regard to Fusion Centers.
The Subcommittee Report is getting wide media coverage, and a lot of that coverage is predictably focused on important concerns about alleged waste
and mismanagement of funds and about privacy or other civil liberties.
The Senate Committee press release..
A two-year bipartisan investigation by the U. S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations has found that Department of Homeland Security
efforts to engage state and local intelligence “fusion centers” has not yielded significant useful information to support federal counterterrorism
“It’s troubling that the very ‘fusion’ centers that were designed to share information in a post-9/11 world have become part of the problem.
Instead of strengthening our counterterrorism efforts, they have too often wasted money and stepped on Americans’ civil liberties,” said Senator
Tom Coburn, the Subcommittee’s ranking member who initiated the investigation.
The investigation determined that senior DHS officials were aware of the problems hampering effective counterterrorism work with the fusion centers,
but did not always inform Congress of the issues, nor ensure the problems were fixed in a timely manner.
You can download the entire report at the committee link, at the bottom of the article..
edit on Wed, 03 Oct 2012 13:39:47 -0500 by JacKatMtn because: bbcode