DHS Covers Up Failures of U.S. Counterterrorism Centers
A huge post-9/11 counterterrorism program that’s received hundreds of millions of dollars has failed miserably to provide any useful intelligence and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has covered up the mess from both Congress and the public.
Scathing details of the wasteful program were uncovered in the course of a two-year bipartisan investigation by a key U.S. Senate oversight committee. This week the panel released a 141-page report blasting one of the country’s largest domestic counterterrorism programs, fusion centers that are supposed to share terrorism-related information between state, local and federal officials.
Nine years and more than $300 million later, the national centers have failed to provide any valuable information, according to investigators. Instead they have forwarded “intelligence of uneven quality – oftentimes shoddy, rarely timely, sometimes endangering citizens’ civil liberties and Privacy Act protections, occasionally taken from already-published public sources, and more often than not unrelated to terrorism.”
A review of more than a year of fusion center reports nationwide determined that they were irrelevant, useless or inappropriate. None uncovered any terrorist threats nor did they contribute to the disruption of an active terrorist plot, the report says. In fact, DHS officials acknowledged that the information produced by the fusion centers was “predominantly useless.” One branch chief actually said “a bunch of crap is coming through.”