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[] USA: Geheimdienste-Informationsaustausch gefordert,
Nettes Beispiel, wie die verschiedenen Auslandsgeheimdienste der USA
ihre Informationen nicht zusammentragen können. 
Fraglich wird es allerding, wenn es um einen Info-Austausch zwischen
Geheimdiensten und FBI geht, und das ist von den Akteuren her bei
Homeland Security ja gegeben. 

October 23, 2001 

Agencies urged to share intelligence data 

By Katherine McIntire Peters
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To substantially improve homeland security, federal agencies must learn
to share and use intelligence data much more effectively than they do
now, Rep. Curt Weldon, a senior member of the House Armed Services
Committee, said Tuesday. Weldon spoke to a group of federal managers and
business executives attending a homeland defense briefing in Washington.

Thirty-two federal agencies have classified intelligence systems, Weldon
noted. ?They are not interconnected to do data mining, which is
ridiculous,? he said. ?A corporation doing marketing would never operate
that way.? Data mining is the process of using software designed to
gather and integrate targeted information, often from unrelated sources. 

The problem was brought home to Weldon three years ago when he traveled
to Vienna with 10 colleagues to meet with a group of Russians to lay the
foundation for negotiating an end to war in Kosovo. Weldon wanted to
know more about a Serbian official the Russians planned to bring to the
meetings. He knew the individual had ties to Serbian president Slobodan
Milosevic but he didn?t know the extent of the relationship, which could
prove crucial in the negotiations. 

Weldon called the CIA and asked for a briefing on the man. The CIA
obliged, but didn?t have much information on the individual, other than
reports of shady business connections in Russia. When Weldon asked State
Department officials for information, he couldn?t find anyone who had
even heard of the man. 

Weldon then turned to the Army?s information dominance center at Fort
Belvoir, Va. The center is responsible for protecting information
technology systems in the service, but can do much more.

Using data mining tools, the Army created an eight-page profile of the
individual that contained detailed information on his social and
business connections. Weldon learned the man?s wife and sister-in-law
were close to Milosevic?s wife, and his business dealings in Serbia and
Russia included arms smuggling and banking scams. 

When Weldon returned from meeting with the Russians, he found urgent
messages from the CIA and FBI seeking to debrief him in order to give
the State Department a deeper understanding of the players before
heading into formal negotiations. 

?I had two CIA agents and two FBI agents in my office with four pages of
questions for me. I answered every one of their questions, and they I
asked them how they thought I got this information,? he said. The agents
had no idea Weldon had received the vast majority of the information
from U.S. intelligence sources--through the Army--before he even left
the country.

?Our federal agencies are so stovepiped they don?t want to share their
data, except for public transmittals of information person to person.?

Weldon said it is imperative that the new Office of Homeland Security in
the White House have access to integrated data from all U.S.
intelligence sources. ?We don?t have that capacity. We?ve made some
progress, but we?re not there yet.?
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