Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA), in an interview with genConnect.com, said that if the FBI and CIA had an improved system for information sharing, then they may have unraveled the terrorist plot of September 11, 2001.
In a five-part interview with genConnect at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Congresswoman Harman — who has been serving California’s 36th Congressional district in Los Angeles’ South Bay since 1993 — shares why security is her passion, the mistake made on September 11th, and how the government is working to better our national security to prevent another tragedy.
“Security is my passion and also consistent with what my district does,” Harman said, adding, that her Congressional District designs some of the most powerful intelligence satellites in the world.
She goes on to say that in a world with the ever-evolving Internet, “cyber security is a newer threat.” However, information sharing was one of the major problems on September 11th. “The FBI didn’t talk to itself and the FBI and the CIA didn’t talk together. Had those things happened, we probably would have picked up some of the clues about the hijackers and maybe unravel the whole plot.”
Since September 11th, Harman acknowledges that the police and government have prevented terrorist attacks due to improved security — including a plot to gas the New York subways and a recent car-bomb scare in Time Square.
Today, Harman serves as Chairwoman of The Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing, and Terrorism Risk Assessment. “The goal is to cause the federal government to share information horizontally, but also make sure the information the government has is shared vertically with local law enforcement.” Watch:
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