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Ridge pledges data merger

In his nomination hearing today before the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, Homeland Security secretary-designate Tom Ridge pledged to blend the government’s immigration and law enforcement databases. In response to a question from Sen. Thomas Carper (D-Del.), Ridge said Congress had given his department the task of merging information gathered by the Immigration and Naturalization Service with that of the FBI and CIA. “We recognize that we have plenty of information, but we have been unable—not necessarily unwilling—to connect that information,” he said. “One of our highest priorities will be to connect those databases.” Full Story

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