Counterterrorism Software

Counterterrorism Software Helps Cops Shine Light Into Terrorism’s Dark Corners

BY NEAL UNGERLEIDERToday

One of the largest distributors of commercial law enforcement software in the United States is integrating open source intelligence into its products–and they are betting the results will lead to enhanced counterterrorism efforts.

More than ever, law enforcement agencies are connecting to far flung sources of information in the fight against terrorism. Now Virginia’s i2 Group is offering police departments a new tool

The company is launching an open-source database on worldwide group-based violence that gives local law agents access to a massive, searchable pool of information on terrorist groups, organized crime, and militant organizations culled from foreign language papers, chat rooms, and other frequently walled-off sources. And it’s hoping to garner interest from fusion centers, inter-agency terrorism investigation and response centers favored by local law enforcement agencies because of the generous funding they receive from the federal government. Federal agencies generally support them because they give access to otherwise-unavailable intelligence from local police departments. Despite criticism of their potential for misuse and justified fears of civil liberties violations and data mining, fusion centers are a prominent part of the American counterterrorism landscape.

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