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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2002
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ATTORNEY GENERAL ORDERS NEW STEPS TO SHARE INFORMATION
RELATING TO TERRORISM WITH FEDERAL AGENCIES
AS WELL AS STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT


WASHINGTON, DC Attorney General John Ashcroft today directed Justice Department components, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Department's Criminal Section, the Marshals Service (USMS), as well as the Foreign Terrorist Tracking Task Force (FTTTF), to take additional steps to increase coordination and sharing of information relating to terrorism. Today's initiatives, developed following the terrorist attack of September 11th, are designed to further increase the effectiveness of the federal government, working together with state and local governments, to coordinate the use of information that could help prevent future acts of terrorism.

"Information is the best friend of prevention," said Attorney General John Ashcroft. "The September 11 attacks demonstrate that the war on terrorism must be fought and won at all levels of government. To meet this continuing threat, law enforcement officials at all levels -- federal, state, and local -- must work together, coordinating information and leveraging resources in the joint effort to prevent and disrupt terrorist activity." The prevention of terrorist activity is the overriding priority of the Department of Justice. Last fall, the Attorney General directed Department components to review their policies and procedures to ensure information sharing, information analysis, and coordination of activities with other federal agencies and our state and local partners in the joint effort to prevent acts threatening public safety and national security. Following the recommendations and progress reported to the Attorney General by Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson, the Attorney General today commended the components for their substantial progress, and directed them to take several additional steps in analyzing information, sharing intelligence, and coordinating activities in the multi-front effort to combat terrorism. These steps include the following:

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Source: http://www.usdoj.gov/opa/pr/2002/April/02_ag_211.htm