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29 January 2003

Bush to Create Terrorist Threat Integration Center

(White House fact sheet on strengthening U.S. intelligence) (1520)

President Bush is creating a new terrorist threat intelligence center,
combining elements of several different government agencies, to
provide assessments of the terrorist threat for the U.S. national
leadership, according to a White House fact sheet.


The Terrorist Threat Integration Center is designed to be one central
location where all foreign- and domestically-generated terrorist
threat information and intelligence is gathered, assessed and
coordinated, the fact sheet said.


The center will be composed of elements of the Central Intelligence
Agency (CIA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the new
Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. It will
be headed by a senior U.S. government official, who will report to the
director of Central Intelligence.


In addition, the fact sheet provides details on progress made since
September 11, 2001, in the global war against terrorism by the FBI,
the CIA and the Defense Department, and on the proposed anti-terrorism
functions of the new Department of Homeland Security.


Following is the text of the fact sheet:

(begin fact sheet)


The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
January 28, 2003

STRENGTHENING INTELLIGENCE TO BETTER PROTECT AMERICA

Today's Presidential Action

-- In his State of the Union Address, President Bush announced a new
initiative to better protect America by continuing to close the "seam"
between analysis of foreign and domestic intelligence on terrorism.

-- The President announced that he has instructed the Director of
Central Intelligence, the Director of the FBI, working with the
Attorney General, and the Secretaries of Homeland Security and Defense
to develop the nation's first unified Terrorist Threat Integration
Center [TTIC]. This new center will merge and analyze
terrorist-related information collected domestically and abroad in
order to form the most comprehensive possible threat picture.

-- Since September 11, 2001, our government has been working together
and sharing information like never before. The creation of the
Terrorist Threat Integration Center is the next phase in the dramatic
enhancement of the government's counterterrorism effort. The President
has now directed his senior advisors to take the next step in ensuring
that intelligence information from all sources is shared, integrated,
and analyzed seamlessly -- and then acted upon quickly.

-- The administration will ensure that this program is carried out
consistently with the rights of Americans.

The New Terrorist Threat Integration Center

-- Elements of the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI's
Counterterrorism Division, the DCI's Counterterrorist Center, and the
Department of Defense will form a Terrorist Threat Integration Center
to fuse and analyze all-source information related to terrorism.

-- The Terrorist Threat Integration Center will continue to close the
"seam" between analysis of foreign and domestic intelligence on
terrorism.

Specifically, it will:

- Optimize use of terrorist threat-related information, expertise, and
capabilities to conduct threat analysis and inform collection
strategies.

- Create a structure that ensures information sharing across agency
lines.

- Integrate terrorist-related information collected domestically and
abroad in order to form the most comprehensive possible threat
picture.

- Be responsible and accountable for providing terrorist threat
assessments for our national leadership.

-- The Terrorist Threat Integration Center will be headed by a senior
U.S. government official, who will report to the Director of Central
Intelligence. This individual will be appointed by the Director of
Central Intelligence, in consultation with the Director of the FBI and
the Attorney General, the Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of
Homeland Security.

-- The Terrorist Threat Integration Center will play a lead role in
overseeing a national counterterrorism tasking and requirements system
and for maintaining shared databases.

-- The Terrorist Threat Integration Center will also maintain an
up-to-date database of known and suspected terrorists that will be
accessible to federal and non-federal officials and entities, as
appropriate.

-- In order to carry out its responsibilities effectively, the
Terrorist Threat Integration Center will have access to all
intelligence information -- from raw reports to finished analytic
assessments -- available to the U.S. government.

-- A senior multi-agency team will finalize the details, design, and
implementation strategy for the stand-up of the Terrorist Threat
Integration Center.

Transforming the Federal Bureau of Investigation

-- Immediately after September 11, the President directed the FBI and
the Attorney General to make preventing future terrorist attacks
against the homeland their top priority - and they have responded.

The FBI has:

- Disrupted terrorist plots on U.S. soil.

- Established 66 Joint Terrorism Task Forces across America, with full
participation from, and enhanced communications with, multiple
federal, state, and local agencies.

- Created a National Joint Terrorism Task Force at FBI Headquarters.

- Established a 24-7 Counterterrorism Watch center.

- Created new counterterrorism "Flying Squads" to deploy into the
field at a moment's notice.

- Created Intelligence Reports Offices to facilitate the vital flow of
information.

- Trained new analysts for the Counterterrorism Division, using a
curriculum developed with assistance from the CIA.

-- The FBI is establishing an intelligence program to ensure that the
collection and dissemination of intelligence is given the same
institutional priority as the collection of evidence for prosecution.
A new Executive Assistant Director for Intelligence will have direct
authority and responsibility for the FBI's national intelligence
program. The FBI is establishing intelligence units in all of its
field offices.

-- The FBI is implementing a revolutionary new data management system
to ensure that it shares all the FBI's terrorism-related information
internally and with the CIA, the Department of Homeland Security, and
other appropriate agencies.

-- Last year, by enacting the USA PATRIOT Act, the President and
Congress took an important step to enhance the ability of the FBI and
other law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute terrorism,
and to share information with other government agencies.

Enhancing CIA's Counterterrorism Capabilities

-- Counterterrorism is a long-standing priority of the CIA and the CIA
has been pivotal to the major successes in America's War on Terror.
The CIA has:

- Disrupted dozens of planned terrorist attacks around the world.

- Continued to expand our insight into terrorist organizations and
plans.

- Greatly enhanced its working relationships with foreign partners.

-- Since September 11, 2001, the Director of Central Intelligence has
dramatically redeployed analysts and operatives against the terrorist
target. He has:

- Doubled the size of the Counterterrorist Center.

- Quadrupled the number of personnel engaged in counterterrorism
analysis.

- Detailed 25 experienced analysts to work side by side with their
counterparts at FBI.

-- The DCI created the position of Associate Director of Central
Intelligence for Homeland Security to ensure timely, effective and
secure flow of intelligence to agencies engaged in Homeland Security.

A Key Role for the Department of Homeland Security

-- The Department of Homeland Security will add critical new
capabilities in the area of information analysis and infrastructure
protection.

-- The Department's Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection
Directorate will:

- Perform comprehensive vulnerability assessments of the Nation's
critical infrastructure and key assets.

- Receive and analyze terrorism-related information from the Terrorism
Threat Integration Center, as well as open sources, the public,
private industry, state and local law enforcement, and the entire
federal family.

- Map the threats against our vulnerabilities, in order to develop a
comprehensive picture of the terrorist threat and our ability to
withstand it.

- Take and facilitate action to protect against identified threats,
remedy vulnerabilities, and pre-empt and disrupt terrorist threats, as
consistent with the operational authorities of the Department's
constituent agencies.

- Set national priorities for infrastructure protection, strategically
designed to maximize the return on the investment.

- Take a lead role in issuing warnings, threat advisories, and
recommended response measures to America's public safety agencies,
elected officials, industry, and the public.

-- The Department will be a full partner in the Terrorist Threat
Integration Center.

- The Terrorist Threat Integration Center will help the Department
perform its critical missions. It will provide the Department with a
full and comprehensive picture of the terrorist threat that will
inform the actions of the Department.

- Some of the Department's functions are expected to be performed at
the new facility housing the Terrorist Threat Integration Center.

- The integration of elements of the Department into the Terrorist
Threat Integration Center will ensure an unimpeded two-way flow of
terrorist threat information.

-- The Department of Homeland Security, working hand in hand with the
FBI, will be responsible for ensuring that threat information,
including information produced by the Center, is disseminated quickly
to the public, private industry, and state and local governments as
appropriate.

Contributions of the Department of Defense

-- The Department of Defense has been a key player in the global war
on terrorism, including prosecuting the war on terrorism overseas.
Intelligence elements of the Department, including the National
Security Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Imagery
and Mapping Agency, continue to make crucial contributions to our
terrorism intelligence collection overseas.

-- Appropriate DOD intelligence elements will participate fully in the
TTIC, providing information, receiving information, and contributing
to analytic efforts, under their own current authorities.

-- DOD will have no new operational authority or responsibility under
the President's announced program. The TTIC does not involve new
activities by DOD; rather, it seeks to maximize and "fuse" the efforts
of all of our counterterrorism intelligence efforts, as has been
called for by many experts on both sides of the aisle.

(end fact sheet)

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