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By Jason Leopold, Truthout
Investigators for a bipartisan subcommittee on homeland security found that regional intelligence-gathering offices have failed to identify terrorist threats, violated Americans' civil liberties and largely wasted taxpayers' money.
Fusion centers, the centerpiece of one of the nation's domestic counterterrorism programs, came under fire in a blistering congressional report released today by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee on investigations.
The inquiry was unable to account for a vast majority of the funds the federal government has spent on fusion centers between 2003 and 2011.
The Senate subcommittee report, while scathing, doesn't call for DHS to stop supporting and funding fusion centers. Rather, the report calls for Congress and DHS to "revisit the statutory basis for DHS support of fusion centers."