DHS Intelligence Enterprise: Still Just a Vision or Reality? Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing, and Terrorism Risk Assessment of the Committee on Homeland Security House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, Second Session, May 12, 2010   [open pdf - 254KB]

From the opening statement of Jane Harman: We are meeting today to receive testimony on the state of the DHS [Department of Homeland Security] Intelligence Enterprise and the continuing efforts to improve intelligence and information sharing at the Department. Today's hearing is entitled, 'A DHS Intelligence Enterprise: Just a Vision or a Reality?' I now recognize myself for an opening statement. Nearly 8 years ago this--excuse me. Nearly 8 months ago--time flies--this subcommittee received testimony from then-acting Under Secretary Bart Johnson, a career law enforcement officer, about his vision for the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis [I&A]. The Chairman, who has just joined this hearing, and I were very impressed. In fact, I recall him saying, 'Wow,' as Mr. Johnson completed his oral testimony. Mr. Johnson's testimony set a new tone for information and intelligence sharing at I&A --one that embraced the key role that State and local police and sheriffs can play in encouraging an alert public to 'See Something and Say Something,' or 'iwatch,' as the LAPD [Los Angeles Police Department] campaign in my own Congressional district suggests. Mr. Johnson said, 'Every day across the country State, local, Tribal, and territorial law enforcement and other officials gather information in the course of their work of providing emergency and nonemergency services to their communities. This information may serve as the first indicator of a potential threat to our National security.' Obviously these words became crystal clear last week with the apprehension of Faisal Shahzad, the would-be Times Square bomber." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jane Harman, Michael T. McCaul, Bennie G. Thompson, Caryn A. Wagner, and Bart R. Johnson.

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