“The Department of Justice’s approach to protecting the U.S. from terrorism is three-pronged, focusing on the prevention of terrorist acts, the investigation of threats and incidents, and the prosecution of those accused of committing crimes by terrorist means.”
Office of the Attorney General
Strategic Plan 2001-2006
The Anti-Terrorism Advisory Councils will “provide a central forum for agencies to congregate and identify potential terrorism links among their investigations. As the entities that work regularly with all enforcement agencies, you are positioned to bring agencies together which would not otherwise know that their respective investigations are linked.”
Coordinate Anti-Terrorism Initiatives:
- Ensure that federal, state and local enforcement efforts are focused and coordinated as they pursue targets who may be connected to terrorism.
- Mobilize and coordinate federal, state, and local officials for national prevention-based initiatives that involve significant prospects of imminent prosecution.
- Provide a central forum for agencies to congregate and identify potential terrorism links among their investigations.
Initiate Training Programs:
- Provide federal, state, and local law enforcement officials with the legal training on federal criminal procedure, the United States Code, the USA PATRIOT Act and investigative techniques available post-PATRIOT Act, other new federal initiatives, and the array of federal charges that can be used to neutralize suspected terrorists and terrorist supporters.
- Sponsor and coordinate hands-on training programs concerning recent cases that may have relevance to your districts, including, for example, for credit card fraud,
- Social Security fraud, immigration fraud, asylum fraud, alien smuggling, bankruptcy fraud, cyber-crimes, and money laundering.
- Continue to provide in the short term - and invite DHS to assist in coordinating - training programs in areas such as HAZMAT recognition and protecting issues including chemical, biological, and nuclear agents; threat recognition; using incident command systems; and public health issues.
- Foster regular meetings where agencies that do not ordinarily come in contact with each other can learn about the capabilities and assets of other agencies.
- Coordinate with intelligence specialists in other agencies and review incoming intelligence.
- Disseminate terrorism-related information to ATAC member agencies.