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Michigan May Withdraw From Terror Database

Michigan might withdraw from a database aimed at fighting crime and terrorism because other states have pulled out, leaving the system unlikely to get the federal dollars needed to fully get up and running, Michigan’s top homeland security adviser said Thursday. “It made sense to re-evaluate it considering that you have less likelihood of funding and greater concerns from the public,” said Michael McDaniel, Michigan’s adjutant general for Homeland Security. The final decision about the project, known as Matrix, will be made by the governor’s office, McDaniel said. Liz Boyd, spokeswoman for Gov. Jennifer Granholm, was checking on what the governor’s office may decide. As many as 13 states originally planned to be part of Matrix, short for Multistate Anti-Terrorism Information Exchange. The program lets state law enforcement officials share criminal, prison and vehicle information with one another and cross-reference the data with public records held by a private company, Seisint Inc. Full Story

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