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Panel presses Ridge on cybersecurity, information analysis

Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge on Wednesday was peppered with questions from some members of the House Homeland Security Committee seeking information on getting more federal money to their districts. But several lawmakers also pressed Ridge on cybersecurity plans and the department’s relationship with the new Terrorist Threat Information Center housed at the CIA. In the conclusion of a two-part hearing before the committee, Ridge said that analysts at the information analysis and infrastructure protection directorate would not have access to all of the intelligence community’s raw data, but that directorate analysts housed at the threat center would have that access. He also said information could derive from various agencies of the Homeland Security Department and be sent to the threat center. Rep. James Langevin, D-R.I., raised concern about whether the new department is meeting its statutory requirement to analyze all of the government’s intelligence data. Full Story

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