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23 Dec 2008

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Fighting Terrorism on the Financial Front; More Power for the National Security Adviser

Added by Category: Daily Intelligence Brief, General

The world certainly changed after 9/11 and our nation took steps to prevent another disaster of this magnitude from occurring — from the development of the Department of Homeland Security, the National Counterterrorism Center, and the creation of the Director of National Intelligence position to oversee the intel community.

One area of combating terrorism that does not get as much “air play” is the ability to fight rogue organizations on the financial front. The Christian Science Monitor just put out an article about the Department of Treasury playing an important role in national security. In the wake of 9/11, President Bush and Congress established a new office and intelligence unit at the Treasury to use financial intelligence to stop terrorist financing.

In other news, the incoming Obama administration is considering enhancing the overall influence of the president’s national security adviser — giving him the power and influence to shape disaster management and counterterrorism policy.

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