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FBI to maintain separate information analysis center

The FBI will maintain a separate information-analysis center even with the creation of a Terrorist Threat Integration Center (TTIC), Attorney General John Ashcroft told a Senate panel on Tuesday. Though the integration center is expected to be a hub for analyzing all terrorist information collected by the government, Ashcroft said the FBI would continue to conduct separate analysis while gathering and distributing information with the center. “The FBI will maintain its own analysis, but it will provide information to the TTIC,” Ashcroft told the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees his department. Ashcroft said the TTIC is on track to begin operating May 1, and it would receive $50 million in fiscal 2004. He was unclear about which appropriations bill would provide the funding. He said the center initially would operate within the CIA, but a new, independent facility eventually would house the center, which will fuse FBI and CIA counter-terrorism efforts. Full Story

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