After a two-year investigation, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations released a report Tuesday dismissing joint federal-state counterterrorism centers set up after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The roughly 70 centers were supposed to help states and local law enforcement agencies catch terrorists by sharing federal intelligence, but in practice the so-called fusion centers have mostly threatened civil liberties while apparently failing to "disrupt an active terrorist plot" of any sort. The Homeland Security Department called the report "out of date, inaccurate, and misleading."
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