Homeland Security lacking ‘open source’ intelligence

September 14, 2008
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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has not met requirements to provide “open source” intelligence–that is, publicly available information–for state and local law enforcement, a new report shows.  The House Committee on Homeland Security released a report Friday criticizing the department after interviewing more than 350 state, local, and tribal law enforcement officials about the DHS’s open source intelligence efforts.  While 82 percent of law enforcement officials surveyed said they use open source information, 60 percent said the DHS needed to establish a training program on how to use the department’s open source material. Half of respondents said the DHS’s open source products did not meet their needs. (CNET)