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Sharing terror threat information still lags

The Homeland Security Department still is not receiving full access to intelligence community terror threat information, according to a department document revealed today at a House hearing. The department also lacks a computerized system to track hard-copy intelligence documents and is logging them manually, according to the document. Rep. Jim Turner (D-Texas) said at this morning’s Select Committee on Homeland Security hearing that he had asked the department to provide a list of products it received from intelligence agencies. “We received a partial answer,” Turner said to witness Homeland secretary Tom Ridge. “The department is receiving no CIA top-secret reports because the CIA system does not include Homeland Security Department addresses. Despite our repeated inquiries about intelligence, we have gotten no response [to additional inquiries]. … Local and state authorities say they have not received any tailored intelligence product.” According to an HSD response to Turner’s questions distributed by staff members at the hearing, the homeland department does not receive hard-copy products from the CIA. It has received about 30 FBI documents, all of which have classified titles. Full Story

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