Nonfederal law enforcement officials today told a House subcommittee how homeland security intelligence could be refined for their needs. Also, civil-liberties advocates told that same panel how current homeland security intelligence efforts pose a threat to citizens’ rights.
The session examined the government’s effort to gather and share homeland security intelligence between officials from different levels of government and the increased involvement of nonfederal authorities in those counterterrorism efforts. The efforts rely heavily on information technology to share information about threats and criminal intelligence through several programs that include state and local intelligence fusion centers.
Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the House Homeland Security Committee’s on Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment Subcommittee that held the session, said homeland security intelligence performed “the right way” can save countless lives, but “done the wrong way” can hurt civil liberties.