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Lawmakers back full funding for data-sharing center

The Homeland Security Department’s nerve center for analyzing and sharing information about potential terrorist threats would receive significant funding next year under pending legislation. The House and Senate have proposed matching President Bush’s request for $35 million to fund the Homeland Security Operations Center in fiscal 2005. The House passed its bill, H.R. 4567, on June 18 by a vote of 400-5; the Senate measure, S. 2537, is awaiting floor action. The Washington-based center employs officials from various agencies like the CIA, FBI and National Security Agency, as well as a state and local representative. They analyze incoming intelligence data and share the relevant information with law enforcement officials. The center also issues the controversial color-coded advisory warnings that inform Americans about terrorist risks ranking from low (green) to severe (red). Full Story

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