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    Report: Counterterrorism Offices Flawed

    WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 19:  U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testifies during a hearing before House Judiciary Committee July 19, 2012 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The hearing was focused on "Oversight of the Department of Homeland Security."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

    Alex Wong

    Is this the U.S. government, or the plot of Get Smart? Congressional investigators will release a report Wednesday citing regional intelligence-gathering offices called “fusion centers”—which together make up one of the country’s biggest domestic counterrorism programs—for being, arguably, useless. According to the report, the centers, which are financed by the Department of Homeland Security, “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.” Homeland Security officials are claiming the new report conducted by Senate investigators is “out of date, inaccurate and misleading.” 

    Read it at The New York Times