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Report to Congress argues intel agencies should share more data

The dozens of counter-terrorism and intelligence agencies in the U.S. must have better access to each other's data to avoid disaster, according to a 100-page annual report to Congress by an agency called the Information Sharing Environment.

No big surprise there. But the report also notes how intelligence outfits should be more willing to share information outside their world as well.

"Most of the work of building the ISE (Information Sharing Environment) to date has been aimed at expanding information sharing across all areas of government in the U.S. and, to a lesser extent, with private sector organizations and foreign partners. As the ISE continues to evolve, however, we recognize that to support the administration's commitment to openness and transparency, we must extend those efforts to include the American public as well."

The report discusses the Fort Hood shooting and bombing attempts in Times Square and on a flight to Detroit.

On the airplane attempt, the report concludes that information must be given to counter-terrorism analysts in a form that allows them to "distinguish between the signals and the noise, better correlate and integrate fragmentary data, and synthesize the results in an actionable way, i.e. to connect the dots."

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  August 11, 2010; 10:20 AM ET
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