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-- multi million dollar federal information sharing program from the Department of Homeland Security.
Now a scathing senate report says the program has done little to make the nation secure since 9/11.
Lawmakers are demanding answers -- the Homeland Security Department and Steve Centanni is live.
Washington on this I said millions and might be billions tell us more about what what did this report uncovers -- Well the investigation now by the senate homeland security and government affairs committee found lavish spending that often contributed little to national security.
The one point four billion dollar program was designed in the wake of 9/11.
To help coordinate communications between -- local and federal law enforcement agencies to improve intelligence and the awareness of any potential threat.
Here's how the Homeland Security chief talked about earlier this year about the seven.
It's really a key part of our prevention strategy how to weed prevent.
Successful terrorist attack in the United States looking both of threats from abroad but also threats from from within.
But the reality is according to the investigation reports were sometimes generated by violating civil liberties and misusing taxpayer funds like buying big screen TVs to -- -- the so called.
Open source intelligence that basically means watching cable TV model they had on the right channel what kind of reaction are we getting on this report Steve.
Well bill first and foremost the Department of Homeland Security pushing back very hard here's part of their response to this report.
The committee report on federal support for fusion Sanders is out of date.
Inaccurate and misleading.
In preparing the report the committee refused to review relevant data including important intelligence information.
Pertinent to their findings and senator Susan Collins while recognizing the value of the fusion centers is nonetheless concerned and said in his statement.
As a responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars.
-- HS must ensure that every federal dollars being spent in ways that enhance our security.
The report says the centers often produced reports that were quote irrelevant useless or inappropriate and -- Steve Moore on this thanks to.
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