Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection

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The Department of State announced on September 16, 2003, that the Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection (IA/IP) unit, as well as the Terrorist Screening Center (TSC) and the Terrorist Threat Integration Center (TTIC), was one of "several new critical initiatives" taken by the Bush administration "to increase the sharing of information at all levels of government."[1]

The mission of the IA/IP Directorate, within the Department of Homeland Security, it was announced, is to allow "DHS to analyze information and take specific action to protect critical infrastructure." The TTIC and IA/IP "were designed to enhance intelligence fusion -- to bring together all terrorist information in one place, enabling America's best intelligence analysts and investigators from multiple departments to work as a team to put together the pieces of the puzzle."[2]

According to Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, the combined "knowledge of the FBI, Department of Justice, Intelligence Community, Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State's TIPOFF program is a long-desired goal that is now reality. We are gratified that the State Department's TIPOFF program, which contains over 100,000 names of potential terrorists, will form the basis for both the TTIC and TSC databases."[3]

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