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DEA Using IT To Cut Ties Between Drugs And Terrorism

Drug Intelligence Fusion Center will provide agents with data from other federal agencies, including the FBI and Homeland Security. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on Monday highlighted its strategy for enlisting IT in its fight to keep narcotics operations from funding terrorist groups worldwide. By the middle of next year, the DEA plans to launch its Drug Intelligence Fusion Center, a centralized resource that will make intelligence from the DEA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Homeland Security, and other federal agencies available to agents via a single interface. “There is an unequivocal connection between drugs and terrorism,” Michael Braun, the DEA’s acting assistant administrator for intelligence said Monday at an exhibit in New York designed to drive home this point. The DEA’s “Arresting Narcoterrorism” exhibit occupies the first two floors of a wedge-shaped building in Times Square. The building’s glass-paneled walls give passers-by a clear view of the exhibit’s 9/11 tribute, life-size renderings that illustrate crude drug-processing facilities, and a gallery of villains and victims. Of the 39 foreign terrorist organizations tracked by the U.S. State Department, 17 are funded by illegal drug manufacturing and sales, Braun added. Full Story

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