Congressional Report: Homeland Security Centers Haven’t Uncovered Any Terrorist Plots

Billions of dollars have been poured into a surveillance and information-sharing network connecting the Department of Homeland Security with state and local law enforcement, nothing resembling a domestic threat has been uncovered. The New York Times reports:

One of the nation’s biggest domestic counterterrorism programs has failed to provide virtually any useful intelligence, according to Congressional investigators.

Their scathing report, to be released Wednesday, looked at problems in regional intelligence-gathering offices known as “fusion centers” that are financed by the Department of Homeland Security and created jointly with state and local law enforcement agencies.

The report found that the centers “forwarded intelligence of uneven quality — oftentimes shoddy, rarely timely, sometimes endangering citizens’ civil liberties and Privacy Act protections, occasionally taken from already published public sources, and more often than not unrelated to terrorism.”

More broadly, the flaws uncovered by the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations raise questions about the role of the Department of Homeland Security in the nation’s fight against terrorism, and whether the department can ever live up to its original purpose of “connecting the dots” to prevent another surprise like the Sept. 11 attacks.

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  • Killingjoke36

    Of course it hasn’t uncovered any more terrorist plots, it was never meant to. It’s another “let’s do something to make the voting public feel good as we’re seen doing something”.  It accomplishes nothing while adding another bloated bureaucracy to the federal payroll. The only “terrorists” they plan to catch re us!

  • Killingjoke36

    Of course it hasn’t uncovered any more terrorist plots, it was never meant to. It’s another “let’s do something to make the voting public feel good as we’re seen doing something”.  It accomplishes nothing while adding another bloated bureaucracy to the federal payroll. The only “terrorists” they plan to catch re us!

    • Malk

       well said brother.
      there were never any terrorists in the first place. Just lies and excuses to get deeper into our pockets, sieve that little extra from our souls. Evil in a blatant form to those of us with eyes open.

      Think of all they could have done with that kind of money/effort.

    • Noway

       It wasn’t meant to make the populace feel secure — it’s an extension of the police state, designed to intrude upon and eliminate civil liberties.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Jee, who’da thunk it?

  • Anarchy Pony

    Jee, who’da thunk it?

  • FirebrandCentral

    Oh wow, we’re being railroaded by the U.S. Government! Geez, I would have never guested! I thought corporate fascism was the new democracy! http://www.firebrandcentral.com

  • FirebrandCentral

    Oh wow, we’re being railroaded by the U.S. Government! Geez, I would have never guested! I thought corporate fascism was the new democracy! http://www.firebrandcentral.com

  • Vstarman21

    That’s because there aren’t any to find.  It’s a Phantom Menace that is meant to keep us in fear so that we give up our civil liberties.  The only terror plots that have been discovered have been instigated by the FBI and CIA.  It’s an illusion.  Nobody in their right mind will attack us because they know the consequences.

  • Vstarman21

    That’s because there aren’t any to find.  It’s a Phantom Menace that is meant to keep us in fear so that we give up our civil liberties.  The only terror plots that have been discovered have been instigated by the FBI and CIA.  It’s an illusion.  Nobody in their right mind will attack us because they know the consequences.

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    > nothing resembling a domestic threat has been uncovered

    unless you see DHS & the rest as a terrorist  threat

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    > nothing resembling a domestic threat has been uncovered

    unless you see DHS & the rest as a terrorist  threat

  • Marklar_Prime

    Well, none we could tell you about if we want to get away with them anyway,…

  • Marklar_Prime

    Well, none we could tell you about if we want to get away with them anyway,…

  • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

    Every time I read of a Terrorist Plot that’s been discovered it involves Agent Provocateurs providing all the materials. Of course the War on Terror is largely a hack premise, you cant fight a War on Terror when you’re also funding terrorism. This is and always has been a way to paint martyrs and those fighting for freedom as terrorists and to thereby justify military actions taken to suppress any opposition.

    The Martyr http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x01BnN6B6VQ

  • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

    Every time I read of a Terrorist Plot that’s been discovered it involves Agent Provocateurs providing all the materials. Of course the War on Terror is largely a hack premise, you cant fight a War on Terror when you’re also funding terrorism. This is and always has been a way to paint martyrs and those fighting for freedom as terrorists and to thereby justify military actions taken to suppress any opposition.

    The Martyr http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x01BnN6B6VQ

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