S. Prt. 108-33: State and Local Officials: Still Kept in the Dark About Homeland Security, Report Prepared by the Minority Staff of the Committee on Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Eighth Congress, First Session, August 13, 2003 [open pdf - 131KB]
"America's safety demands that state and local officials, especially law enforcement and public safety professionals--our front line defenders--are fully engaged in the war against terrorism. Yet almost 2 years after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Governmental Affairs Committee (GAC) Minority staff found that these officials are being asked to fight the war against terrorism with incomplete and unreliable access to one of the most potent weapons in the homeland security arsenal: information. State and local first responders and first preventers still do not systematically receive from the Bush Administration the information they need to prevent or respond to another catastrophic terrorist attack, nor does vital information flow effectively from them to the federal government. These information gaps pose a significant challenge for the federal government and leaves the American people at unacceptable risk."
S. Prt. 108-33; Senate Committee Print 108-33
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