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Terrorism analysis center would merge information

President Bush’s plan for a new government center that would analyze potential terrorist threats could take months to develop, U.S. officials said Wednesday. But civil libertarians already are questioning the appointment of the CIA director to oversee the center’s work with foreign and domestic intelligence. As outlined in Bush’s State of the Union address Tuesday, the Terrorist Threat Integration Center would become a repository for all terrorist-related intelligence. The information would be analyzed by officers from the CIA, the FBI and the departments of Homeland Security and Defense. Administration officials say consolidating such information collected by various U.S. agents will ensure that material is shared across the government, and will provide a more accurate picture of threats against the government. Such information generally has been investigated separately, with the FBI handling domestic issues and the CIA focused on foreign intelligence. Full Story

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