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March 31, 2009

Fusion Center Hearing Homework

Filed under: Intelligence and Info-Sharing — by Philip J. Palin on March 31, 2009

Tomorrow morning the House Homeland Security Committee, Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing, and Terrorism Risk Assessment  will hold a hearing on The Future of Fusion Centers: Potential Promise and Dangers.

Those testifying have been asked to focus their comments on two documents:

DHS Inspector General’s December 2008 report: DHS’ Role in State and Local Fusion Centers is Evolving.

DHS and DOJ policy paper: Baseline Capabilities for State and Major Urban Area Fusion Centers.

Significant attention will also be given to privacy concerns related to Fusion Centers.  The ACLU offers a related report and more: What’s Wrong with Fusion Centers.

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1 Comment »

Comment by William R. Cumming

March 31, 2009 @ 7:05 am

Since domestic intel was one of two reasons DHS was formed and the Fusion Centers are the vehicle for the bulk of the “improvement” in domestic intel analysis, dessimination etc. this should be a helpful hearing to understand what otherwise is quite opaque to the interested public. The DNI should have also been required to produce a witness and of course they (the witnesses) should all be put under oath.

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