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DHS shares satellite imagery

One criticism we've heard, right or wrongly, about the Department of Homeland Security's information sharing efforts is that they could be--how do we say this in tech speak?--half-duplex affairs. Meaning, you can share your data with DHS, but don't hold your breath waiting for some back.

Well, contrary to all this unbridled gossip, the Wall Street Journal reports that DHS will now start sharing spy-satellite imagery of the U.S. with outside law enforcement bodies. The move is part of an initiative sparked by Michael McConnell, the Director of National Intelligence, to allow DHS access to imagery formerly only accessible by intelligence agencies.

"Access to the high-tech surveillance tools would, for the first time, allow Homeland Security and law-enforcement officials to see real-time, high-resolution images and data, which would allow them, for example, to identify smuggler staging areas, a gang safehouse, or possibly even a building being used by would-be terrorists to manufacture chemical weapons," The WSJ reports.

By October, DHS will set up a new branch-- the National Applications Office ' to control dissemination of the imagery.

Posted by Joab Jackson on Aug 16, 2007 at 9:39 AM


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