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Finding the Enemy Within: Towards a Framework for Domestic Intelligence   [open pdf - 322KB]

This report is chapter four of five chapters in the series: Threats at Our Threshold: Homeland Defense and Homeland Security in the New Century: A Compilation of the Proceedings of the First Annual Homeland Defense and Homeland Security Conference. The following is taken from the introduction of the report: "Of all the issues that we have wrestled with since 9/11, perhaps none has received more consideration or attention in discussions on homeland security than the acknowledged shortcomings of intelligence--in collection, analysis, and sharing--prior to the September 2001 attacks. In the United States, intelligence collection is split between agencies that look outside of our borders (e.g., the military, the Central Intelligence Agency [CIA]) and those that look inward (the Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI]). And while there has been significant attention paid to the reorganization, revitalization and resourcing of our foreign intelligence services, far less attention has been paid to the domestic side of the equation. There is, however, a clear new need and many new activities emerging to bolster intelligence capabilities to support post-9/11 homeland security/defense missions. And yet the increase in domestic intelligence (DI) collection has moved forward with little public discussion, no apparent framework, and little oversight. This raises the prospect of an emerging domestic intelligence 'system' where all the pieces don't fit together, pieces are missing or redundant, and there is no framework for protecting individual liberties. To address DI responsibly requires answering fundamental questions about what agencies should be responsible for collecting intelligence within the United States; what types of domestic information the government should collect, and how it should be used; and how the government needs to coordinate and oversee the process to assure effectiveness and protection of civil liberties."

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