Tuesday, August 12, 2008

U.S. Homeland Security Setting Up Counter-Intelligence Unit

An AP newswire article by Eileen Sullivan, via The Boston Globe, reports that:

Concerns about foreign spies and terrorists have prompted the Homeland Security Department to set up its own counterintelligence division and require strict reporting from employees about foreign travel, according to a memo obtained by The Associated Press.

The new directive comes as the federal government increases its counterspy efforts across all agencies and raises the awareness of intelligence vulnerabilities in the private industry as well as in protecting government secrets.

Homeland Security is creating a counterintelligence system now, because there is currently no place for such a function in the department -- which was formed by 22 disparate agencies -- said a senior U.S. government official who requested anonymity because he is not authorized to publicly discuss intelligence.

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