Addressing Remaining Gaps in Federal, State, and Local Information Sharing, Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, February 26, 2015 [open pdf - 1MB]
This is a testimony compilation from the February 26, 2015 hearing "Addressing Remaining Gaps in Federal, State, and Local Information Sharing," held before the Committee on Homeland Security. From the opening statement of Subcommittee Chairman Peter King: "There are over 780,000 law enforcement officers in the United States (including federal, state, and local law enforcement officers (LEOs). Ensuring that information is available and accessible to appropriate state and local law enforcement personnel is a critical force multiplier in our nation's efforts to defend against homeland terror attacks. Since September 11, 2001, there have been a number of terror attacks on the homeland conducted by violent Islamist extremists: the 2009 Little Rock Recruiting Station shooting, the Fort Hood shooting (2009), Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas Day 2009, the 2010 attempted car bombing in Times Square, and the April 2013 bombings at the Boston Marathon. Additionally, there have been at least two small-scale attacks inspired by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS): Oklahoma beheading (2014) and the hatchet attack against four New York Police Department (NYPD) officers (2014). […] While progress has been made to improve the flow of information, action analysis of past attacks shows that there are remaining challenges. A common trend in these different reviews is the need for federal departments and agencies to view state and local law enforcement as partners in national security and counterterrorism, the need for leadership within organizations to ensure accountability for information sharing, wider access to necessary databases, and the professionalization of analysis and information sharing." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Mike Sena, Richard Beary, and Cedric Alexander.
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