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What is the role of the CIA in domestic counterterrorism efforts (both domestic and international terrorism)?

What is the role of the CIA in domestic counterterrorism efforts (both domestic and international terrorism)?
How has that role changed to its current status?
What is the legal basis for this requirement of having an agency authorized to engage in domestic investigations involved in overseas contingency operations?
Based on the attacks undertaken or stopped in the United States over the past 10 years, and considering their lack of a common 'unifying' coordinating entity (e.g., AQ planning, controlling, financing, and ordering), does the current homeland security construct of the United States adequately meet the existing threat profile?
Is the on-going financial commitment of billions of dollars a year in federal spending on purely CT efforts warranted?

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What is the role of the CIA in domestic counterterrorism efforts (both domestic and international terrorism)?

The role of the CIA in both domestic and international counterterrorism efforts is to provide the most optimal protection as the first line of defense against attacks on the nation or its citizens. This is achieved by collecting information on potential plans, intentions, or capabilities of adversaries both domestic and international that provides the basis for decision and action. This action consists of timely analysis and the issuance of insight, warnings, and opportunity for production of data that can be given to the President and decision-makers to determine how to best act upon this information. In addition the CIA engages in clandestine covert actions at the behest of the President to preempt threats and achieve the policy objectives of the ...

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The role of the CIA in domestic counterterrorism efforts is determined. The legal basis for the requirements of having an agency authorized to engage in domestic investigations involved in overseas contingency operations are provided.

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