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Senate report criticizes US counterterrorism program

WASHINGTON -- A Senate probe into a U.S. counterterrorism initiative costing up to US$1.4 billion found the program failed to make the nation safer, prompting stern criticism — and disagreement — from lawmakers Wednesday.

The Department of Homeland Security was tasked with setting up a network of 77 so-called “fusion centers” to improve intelligence sharing in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

“A bipartisan investigation ... has found, however, that DHS's work with those state and local fusion centers has not produced useful intelligence to support federal counterterrorism efforts,” Senate Homeland Security Committee's permanent subcommittee on investigations said in a scathing, 141-page report.

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