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Homeland security officials downplay need for antiterrorist center

The intelligence community has the virtual capability to share terrorist watch list information and may not need a physical terrorist screening center, homeland security officials said this week. Agencies for the Homeland Security Department have demonstrated the ability to integrate and share terrorist information even though they have yet to produce a unified, consolidated watch list database, said Steve Cooper, the Homeland Security’s chief information officer. “There is not a single, physical consolidated watch list…but we can deliver the equivalent,” Cooper said in an interview during a conference sponsored by the American Forces Communications and Electronics Association. “We believe that we have made the country safer and that we are moving watch list information to authorities who need that information, even though it’s not coming from a single, consolidated source.” Full Story

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