News 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 intelligence efforts. Its 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 Subcommittees ranking member who initiated the investigation…The Department of Homeland Security estimates that it has spent somewhere between $289 million and $1.4 billion in public funds to support state and local fusion centers since 2003, broad estimates that differ by over $1 billion. The investigation raises questions about the value this amount of funding and the nations more than 70 fusion centers are providing to federal counterterrorism efforts.”
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