Interesting news posted last night that the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs permanent subcommittee on investigations published a report about fusion centers. I don’t have a copy of the report yet but the summaries of its findings shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has read this blog.
But after nine years — and regular praise from officials at the Department of Homeland Security — the 77 fusion centers have become pools of ineptitude, waste and civil liberties intrusions, according to a scathing 141-page report…
Begin the scrambling…
A spokesman for Napolitano immediately blasted the report as “out of date, inaccurate and misleading.” Another Homeland Security official, who spoke with NBC News on condition of anonymity, said the department has made improvements to the fusion centers and that the skills of officials working in them are “evolving and maturing.”
Not having read the report I can only say that based on many, many discussions with personnel who work in fusion centers as well as personal observations around the country those comments seem neither ‘out of date, inaccurate misleading.’ They actually sound spot on.
And as for ‘evolving and maturing’. That spokesman can go fuck himself (or herself). It’s almost 2013. How long are we supposed to wait for this money pits to ‘mature’ to a level that crayons and paste aren’t the tools of choice? How long are we going to continue the charade of intelligence products that wouldn’t receive a passing grade in a moderately difficult high school class (based either on use of the language or ability to put thoughts together in a coherent manner)?
Update: As of 11pm I got my hands on a copy of the report. I probably won’t be able to go through it in depth for awhile but stay tuned. You can get a copy of the report from Public Intelligence here.