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house Bill H.R. 2200

Sharing Terror Threat Info Between DHS, the Intelligence Community, and Local Agencies

Argument in favor

DHS, the intelligence community, and local authorities need to be in regular communication about the threat of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear terror attacks. This bill provides greater oversight into that process.

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05/26/2016
Protecting the us citizens is number 1 priority!
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05/26/2016
Knowing is half the battle. The other half is men with painted faces kicking down doors in the middle of the night and removing High Value Targets off the battlefield.
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Debaucheross's Opinion
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05/27/2016
This bill merely makes clear what the OIA and all other defense related agencies cooperatively should have been doing along. I see no problem with having goals made clear, but ideally I would do away with the DHS altogether because of ridiculous bills like this that have to tell it what to do.
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Argument opposed

Federal and local law enforcement agencies learned their lesson about the consequences of failing to share information after September 11th — they can be trusted to do so in the future without Congress looking over their shoulder.

Richard's Opinion
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05/26/2016
This was supposed to be the whole purpose of the DHS. What is a new law going to do if this Agency can't accomplish it's founding mission? If this needs to be done is this going to be like the VA - endless incompetency, fiscal waste and mismanagement?
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05/27/2016
My inclination is the various intelligence, law enforcement and DHS agencies do not need a bunch of Congressmen and Senators who don't really know much about the internal workings of each organization, micro managing them. At the most, I believe an annual report basically outlining wether or not each is playing well with the other and possibly asking for necessary assistance is all that is needed. Sometimes, less is more.
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David's Opinion
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05/26/2016
Does Congress need to tell the President's agencies how to manage? This Congress can't do its job, but it has the managerial insight needed to coordinate the fight against terrorism? Who are they trying to kid?
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • The house Passed June 25th, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 420 Yea / 2 Nay
      house Committees
      Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery
      Intelligence and Counterterrorism
      Committee on Homeland Security
    IntroducedMay 1st, 2015

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What is House Bill H.R. 2200?

This bill would direct the Dept. of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Intelligence and Analysis (OIA) to take actions aimed at improving information sharing between homeland security intelligence agencies to prevent chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear (CBRN) attacks.

Specifically, it would call on them to:
  • Support homeland security-focused intelligence analysis of terrorists. That includes terrorist claims, and plans  for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) attacks against the U.S.

  • Support homeland security-focused risk analysis and risk assessments of hazards by offering relevant quantitative and non-quantitative threat information.

  • Use homeland security intelligence capabilities and structures to enhance prevention, protection, response, and recovery efforts following an attack using CBRN materials.

  • Share information and provide focused analytical support on these threats to state, local, and tribal authorities, plus other national biosecurity and non-defense stakeholders.

The OIA would coordinate with other DHS divisions, the intelligence community, and federal, state, local, and tribal authorities so those entities to give recommendations on information sharing mechanisms with DHS.

DHS would be required to ensure that homeland security information it analyzes concerning terrorist threats is provided to state, local, and private entities and the public.

Impact

Residents of the U.S., targets for terrorist attacks, terrorist groups, local authorities, DHS, the Intelligence Community, Congress.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2200

$0.00
The CBO estimates that implementing this legislation would not significantly affect spending by DHS.

More Information

Of Note: The threat of terrorist attacks involving the use of biological or chemical weapons has been a concern for U.S. national security strategists for years.

America suffered its largest biological terror attack in 1984, when a series of deliberate salmonella poisonings infected more than 750 people in Oregon. In the aftermath of September 11th there were several anthrax attacks that killed five people. More recently, it was discovered that ISIS has been attempting to weaponize the bubonic plague for use in terror attacks.

A New York Times article revealed that between 2004 and 2011, U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq located stockpiles of chemical weapons, some of which were located in areas ISIS now controls. ISIS is alleged to have used chemical weapons against the Kurds in Iraq and Syria.

Radiological attacks are not likely to cause a large number of casualties, but could incite mass panic and cause lingering damage to local economies, while also requiring an expensive decontamination process. This is in stark contrast to nuclear attacks -- which could result in mass casualties, cause many billions of dollars in damage, and require an even more extensive decontamination effort than a radiological attack.


In-Depth: Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ), the bill’s sponsor said that “the threat to our nation from terrorists seeking to attack our homeland is very real. Countering this threat and mitigating the risk requires continuous sharing and analysis of intelligence.” She added that her bill requires DHS to create methods for “homeland security-focused intelligence analysis and information sharing for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats.”

This bill was passed by the House Homeland Security Committee via voice vote.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user John Stennis)

AKA

CBRN Intelligence and Information Sharing Act of 2015

Official Title

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear intelligence and information sharing functions of the Office of Intelligence and Analysis of the Department of Homeland Security and to require dissemination of information analyzed by the Department to entities with responsibilities relating to homeland security, and for other purposes.

    Protecting the us citizens is number 1 priority!
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    This was supposed to be the whole purpose of the DHS. What is a new law going to do if this Agency can't accomplish it's founding mission? If this needs to be done is this going to be like the VA - endless incompetency, fiscal waste and mismanagement?
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    My inclination is the various intelligence, law enforcement and DHS agencies do not need a bunch of Congressmen and Senators who don't really know much about the internal workings of each organization, micro managing them. At the most, I believe an annual report basically outlining wether or not each is playing well with the other and possibly asking for necessary assistance is all that is needed. Sometimes, less is more.
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    Knowing is half the battle. The other half is men with painted faces kicking down doors in the middle of the night and removing High Value Targets off the battlefield.
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    This bill merely makes clear what the OIA and all other defense related agencies cooperatively should have been doing along. I see no problem with having goals made clear, but ideally I would do away with the DHS altogether because of ridiculous bills like this that have to tell it what to do.
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    Does Congress need to tell the President's agencies how to manage? This Congress can't do its job, but it has the managerial insight needed to coordinate the fight against terrorism? Who are they trying to kid?
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    We are told all day long that we are trying to stop terror attacks by wide spread information gathering technologies, and people don't want an oversight program to insure that our agency's are doing it correctly? This is common sense. Pass this so we know there are plans in place to share data.
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    DHS is a mess and violates the Constitution constantly... but they do still potentially serve a purpose, and I'd like to see them utilized effectively, if not totally revamped.
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    That's a stupid question, yes!
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    If anyone needs better oversight, it has to be the federal agencies protecting us.
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    This is what they already do- or should be doing. No need to have Congress involved in the day-to-day.
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    Anything involving terrorism needs to be shared.
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    I support this bill PROVIDED that it respects constitutional guarantees against illegal search-and-seizures and command-and-control remains reactive and temporary, lasting as long as the emergency. I want no Gestapo in our country.
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    What's thr purpose of the DHS, if not this?
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    Why does this need congress to Vote
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    Yes, they need to be held accountable if they do not.
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    Communication is key.
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    Can't believe they don't do this now. The more informed the better.
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    However, when is Homeland Security going to make mass transit safer with increased security scrutiny? Lines that are long at airports should result from improved searches of passengers and their travel paraphernalia, as occurs in Israel. Are you waiting for another flight disaster, a la 9-11?
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    We need as much foresight as possible when it comes to terrorist threats and 9/11 should have been our lesson to start sharing intelligence between all agencies.
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