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|The ranking Republican on a Senate panel on Wednesday accused the Department of Homeland Security of hiding embarrassing information about its so-called 'fusion' intelligence sharing centers, charging that the program has wasted hundreds of millions of dollars while contributing little to the country's counterterrorism efforts.
In a 107-page report released late Tuesday, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations said that Homeland Security has spent up to $1.4 billion funding fusion centers -- in effect, regional intelligence sharing centers-- that have produced 'useless' reports while at the same time collecting information on the innocent activities of American Muslims that may have violated a federal privacy law. The fusion centers, created under President George W. Bush and expanded under President Barack Obama, consist of special teams of federal, state and local...