Serial No. 109-15: Implementation of the USA PATRIOT ACT: Effect of Sections 203(B) and (D) on Information Sharing: Hearing before the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, April 19, 2005   [open pdf - 551KB]

From the opening statement of Howard Coble: "The attacks of September 11, 2001, clarified the immediate need for agencies to cooperate and share intelligence and law enforcement information. The USA PATRIOT Act began that process to allow information to be more freely shared, but the Committee on the Judiciary did not stop there. It passed additional legislation to assure that this vital information was provided to appropriate officials to protect our national security. The Committee passed the Homeland Security Information Sharing Act and the Federal-Local Information Sharing Partnership Act of 2001, to remove the barriers for state and local officials to share and receive law enforcement and intelligence information with Federal officials. These two bills were added to the Homeland Security Act, which became law in 2002…As part of the USA PATRIOT Act, the Congress included a sunset provision on certain new authorities in the Act. Two of these provisions, section 203(b) and 203(d), improved information sharing, but are due to expire on December 31 of this year, unless the Congress reauthorizes them. Today, we will hear testimony on the need for these sections and on the concerns relating to information sharing between the Intelligence Community and law enforcement." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Howard Coble, Robert C. Scott, Michael T. McCaul, Maureen Baginski, Barry Sabin, Timothy H. Edgar, Maxine Waters, and Sheila Jackson Lee.

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