Sunday, January 29, 2012

DHS intelligence gathering should be localized, say security experts

Instead of increasing its interaction with foreign nations' law enforcement and intelligence agencies, the Department of Homeland Security should focus on building relationships with local police agencies and private-sector security departments in order to secure infrastructure and U.S. borders, say security experts.
A new report by a bipartisan group of security experts argues that Department of Homeland Security should shift its intelligence gathering efforts away from foreign enemies and focus on local threats by working with law enforcement agencies and the private sector to secure critical infrastructure, the U.S. borders, and cities from domestic threats.
The report, titled “Homeland Security and Intelligence:  Next Steps in Evolving the Mission,” was published by the Aspen Homeland Security Group, which is co-chaired by former DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff.
“Though the impetus for creating [DHS], in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, was clearly terrorism based, the kinds of tools now deployed, from border security to cyber protection, are equally critical in fights against emerging adversaries,” the Aspen report said.

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