Without Warning, FBI Halts Intel Sharing

On March 1, the FBI stopped sharing vital terror intel with state and local officials without explanation.

Patrick Poole
PJ Media
4/19/2012

Without making a public or private announcement, the FBI has ended critical intelligence sharing with all 77 law enforcement fusion centers nationwide. This policy was implemented less than two days after a top FBI official told Congress about the FBI’s extensive efforts to share intelligence with state and local partners.

On Monday, a state fusion center official told PJ Media:

The FBI has effectively put us out of business. We are right back to September 10.

Two other fusion center officials in other states confirmed the FBI’s new policy to PJ Media.

On March 1, the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center (TSC) stopped sharing Watch Encounter reports with the fusion centers. The Watch Encounter reports document incidents of individuals on terror watch lists having encounters with state or local law enforcement.

Until now, the Watch Encounter reports were forwarded to the fusion center responsible for the area where the encounter occurred. Since the TSC doesn’t share the terror watch lists with the fusion centers, the Watch Encounter reports were the only means that state officials had of knowing that someone on a terror watch list had either traveled to or lived in their area.

Forwarding the Watch Encounter reports to the fusion centers had proved helpful to the FBI, according to a fusion center official…

The article continues at PJ Media.

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