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Key House chairman backs secret anti-terrorism center

The chairman of the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee on Wednesday said he backs the creation of an anti-terrorism center beyond the reach of public scrutiny. “There are certain dark secrets we have to protect,” Harold Rogers, R-Ky., told a homeland security conference sponsored by Equity International. The Terrorist Threat Integration Center (TTIC) established earlier this year by presidential order “is designed to do … what I am saying.” TTIC, a coordinated effort of intelligence agencies and the Homeland Security Department, was placed under the CIA’s secret “black” budget. That makes access to operation of the center “very, very limited,” Rogers said, and gives oversight to the House Intelligence Committee. “It should be that way for reasons I cannot discuss with you,” he said. “But use of that information and the routes it travels out of the TTIC is fair game, so we will continue to oversee it.” Full Story

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