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AP: Lawmakers Ask Who Analyzes Threats

An office overseen by the central intelligence director now plays the key role of analyzing threats to the United States, even though the Department of Homeland Security was opened a year ago for that very reason. Lawmakers are asking pointed questions about who’s in charge, amid worries that the overlap and confusion that plagued intelligence efforts before Sept. 11, 2001, could recur. Homeland’s inspector general warned in December that a principal objective in creating Homeland’s intelligence division — to centralize analysis and information about threats to the United States — may be duplicated or trumped by other organizations, including the increasingly prominent Terrorist Threat Integration Center, overseen by Central Intelligence Director George Tenet. The threat center’s director John Brennan, who reports to Tenet, said, however, that his center is filling a need spotted by the Bush administration to protect U.S. interests at home and abroad, pulling expertise from the CIA, FBI, Homeland Security and elsewhere. Homeland’s mission stopped at the U.S. shore, he noted in an interview this week at CIA headquarters. Full Story

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