Oklahoma's anti-terrorism center helping fight crime
BY PHILLIP O'CONNOR NewsOK.com
Sunday, October 21, 2012
10/21/12 at 5:27 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY - While it might not have disrupted any terrorist plots, a state intelligence-gathering center based in Oklahoma City has proved an effective crime-fighting tool, supporters say.
"It's just another layer of security to make sure nothing falls through the cracks,'' said Kim Edd Carter, director of the state's Homeland Security Office.
Since the 2001 terrorist attacks, the federal government has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to help establish more than 70 such "fusion centers" throughout the country.
The idea was for the centers to serve as a domestic information-sharing network that would help local, state and federal law enforcement agencies better collaborate to prevent another attack.
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Original Print Headline: Oklahoma's anti-terrorism center fights crime
David Stenhouse, director of the Oklahoma Information Fusion Center, stands inside the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation in Oklahoma City last week. NATE BILLINGS / The Oklahoman