New Orleans, La. – Holder spoke to one-thousand representatives of intelligence clearing houses known as fusion centers. They're owned and operated by state and local police, with federal support, and have grown after the September 11th attacks. Holder said information shared by the fusion centers has also been useful against gang and drug violence. He said the intelligence network is more effective for national security than any restrictions on civil liberties.
Holder said that while the country remains at war against terrorism, the Justice Department must be flexible, pragmatic and extremely aggressive.
For NPR News, I'm Eileen Fleming in New Orleans.