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House chairman favors temporary terrorist-threat center

The new Terrorist Threat Integration Center (TTIC) for compiling terrorism information from various agencies must be temporary if the Homeland Security Department is not to violate its statutory requirements, the chairman of a congressional oversight committee said on Friday. “It’s very plain if one reads the act [establishing the department] that the ‘one-stop shop’ is the Department of Homeland Security,” California Republican Christopher Cox, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said in an interview. “I am satisfied that in the short run [that the TTIC] is a useful expedient. The department after all is still under construction. But we have to view TTIC as an interim step, not as a displacement of the statutory responsibilities.” Cox added that the law establishing the department “reflects the careful balancing of some very sensitive policy choices made my Congress,” and said “one of those policy choices was [that] we do not wish the CIA to be increasingly involved in our domestic life. Homeland Security, by its very nature, involves our domestic life. Perforce, the CIA cannot be in charge of ultimate oversight of the domestic-intelligence fusion function.” Full Story

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