02 December 2003

Flaws Persist In U.S. Terror Intel

CBS News | Flaws Persist In U.S. Terror Intel | December 2, 2003?09:27:11

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2003

The Markle task force says there is confusion about the respective roles of the center and Homeland Security Department.

(AP) The federal government has made limited progress in improving how it gathers, shares and responds to information that could prevent terrorist attacks, says a new report by technology and intelligence experts.

In a report released Tuesday by the Markle Foundation, the experts said 'sharing of terrorist-related information between relevant agencies at different levels of government has been only marginally improved in the last year.'

They added that sharing 'remains haphazard and still overly dependent on ... personal relations among known colleagues.'

The Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age, which wrote the report, advocates creation of a decentralized information network to spread information about terror threats while safeguarding against violations of civil liberties.

The panel is overseen by the Markle Foundation, a private philanthropic organization. The experts proposed building an information network, called the Systemwide Homeland Analysis and Response Exchange, or SHARE.

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