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Terrorism Task Forces

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Authored by Department of Justice

The September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks prompted the Department of
Justice (Department) to redefine its mission, objectives, and priorities to focus
its top priority on counterterrorism. As a result, the Attorney General
elevated counterterrorism to the Department’s first strategic goal and shifted
the Department’s resources to eliminating terrorist networks, preventing
terrorist operations, and prosecuting perpetrators of terrorist acts. The
Department also directed the formation or expansion of terrorism task forces
and councils (with members from many federal, state, and local agencies and
private industry) that coordinate and integrate intelligence and law
enforcement functions to achieve the Department’s counterterrorism goal.

In this review, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) assessed the
role and operations of these terrorism task forces and councils. We examined
whether the task forces and councils were achieving their purposes; whether
gaps, duplication, and overlap existed in counterterrorism coverage; and how
the performance of the task forces and councils is measured. We collected
information through interviews of senior Department officials, task force and
council managers and members, and state and local law enforcement
officials; a survey of task force managers and members; document reviews;
and direct observation of task force and council activities.

Publication Date:
May 12 2014
1499524412 / 9781499524413
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5″ x 11″
Black and White
Related Categories:
Political Science / Political Freedom & Security / Terrorism


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