Friday, August 11, 2006

Markle Report: We Need Better Info Sharing

In light of the UK airline bomb plot, I think it's worthwhile reviewing one of the findings of the recent report from the Markle Foundation on Information Sharing in the prevention of terrorism. Their findings were generally disappointing:

...almost five years since the terrorist attacks of September 11, systematic, trusted information sharing remains more of an aspiration than a reality. The government has yet to articulate a credible implementation plan for a broad and trusted information sharing environment... Sharing with state and local authorities and with the private sector is even further behind. This lack of sharing represents an ongoing threat to national security.

The disruption of the UK plot serves as a wake-up call. It's vital to share information in a trusting network.

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