Beyond Connecting the Dots: A Vital Framework for Sharing Law Enforcement Intelligence Information [open pdf - 628KB]
"The 9/11 attacks demonstrated that the terrorists who intend Americans harm do not always live overseas in faraway lands. Some reside among us in our cities and towns where they can test our nations vulnerabilities and plot their next strike with relative ease. In the face of this threat, the hundreds of thousands of law enforcement officers across the country offer the best hope for detecting and preventing terrorist attacks before they happen. In the course of their day-to-day work, these officers observe activities and conditions that may be indicators of an emerging terrorist plot. For example, because terrorists typically commit crimes when preparing to carry out their attacks, local law enforcement may interact with them during the course of otherwise ordinary criminal investigations. Such interaction thus presents a critical opportunity to intercept terrorists before they strike. Providing officers with the specific and actionable law enforcement intelligence they need to identify both terrorists in their midst and the particular threats they pose, however, remains a continuing challenge."
U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security: http://hsc.house.gov/