FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Top News

Antiquated Databases Hinder Terrorism Tracking

July 11, 2002  | 

Government agency computer systems are having a hard time keeping up with the influx of terrorist-related information since Sept. 11.

Even before terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and Pentagon last year, government databases were far behind the private industry's state-of-the-art technology. Now the systemsÂ? age cannot be ignored any longer. Information gathering suffers from problems with compatibility, lack of funds, and just not enough time to keep up, using the resources currently available.

In the three months before Sept. 11, the CIA forwarded an average of 300 names per month to U.S. agencies watching for terrorist activity. Now, agencies receive an average of just under 900 names per month from the CIA.

Because of the volume of names and other information being tracked, the CIA and the INS have been developing programs to improve the government's search capability and to establish consistency. But not all agencies follow the same guidelines, which can impede the sharing of information. Translating names from Arabic into English can result in various spellings, and the FBI's database, for example, cannot reconcile different spelling variations of the same name.

The Bush administration is looking to increase funding for computer hardware and software to upgrade government systems, but the money is slow in coming.

Request more info about this product / service / company


Be the first to comment on this story





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Parabon's Snapshot DNA Phenotyping Service Reveals New Clues in 27-Year Old Cold Case
Working with the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Police Department, Parabon generated a composite image...
Facebook Loses Appeal on New York Search Warrants
A New York state appeals court ruled on Tuesday that Facebook had no legal standing to...
DHS Unveils Major Expansion of ICE Cyber Crimes Center
The expanded ICE Cyber Crimes Center in Fairfax, Va., will provide ICE's Homeland Security...
Dell Introduces Its First Fully Rugged Tablet Built to Withstand Harsh Environments
Dell today announced the new Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet, Dell's first fully rugged tablet...
Batteries by Impact Power Technologies Boost Government Purchasing Vehicles for Securewatch24
Multiple SW24 products will now harness the energy of IPT's exclusively formulated Lithium...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Rank:
Agency:
Address:
City:
State:
  
Zip Code:
 
Country:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine