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Enhanced Human Intelligence Is Key to Defeating Terrorists

Encryption makes traditional counterterrorist intelligence collection methods more difficult, requiring renewed investment in human intelligence (HUMINT) collection. Local law enforcement, given its deep community ties and frontline role in thwarting terrorist planning, is ideally positioned to use HUMINT methods to detect terrorist activities. Terrorism grant funding from the US Department of Homeland Security should be used to develop and emphasize HUMINT capabilities in jurisdictions where we believe the risk of terrorist attack is highest.

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