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State police team tracks terrorism

5:50 PM, Apr 19, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - While police in Boston have been trying to catch the people responsible for the marathon bombing , Maine State Police have been trying to find information to help them.

For six years, the State Police have had a special intelligence team that works to identify terrorist threats, and help prevent Maine from becoming a target. The team is part of a national program called Fusion Centers, and Col. Robert Williams says each state now has one.

The center in Maine includes State Police detectives, data analysts, a representative from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and even a representative from private businesses, such as electric companies. The State Police refer to the operation as MIAC - the Maine Information Analysis Center.

Williams says that team monitors potential threats, tracks down information on potential suspects, and works with teams in other states to identify plan how to respond to those terrorist threats. This week, he says, they've been busy.

While Maine sent only one officer to Boston to help deal with the investigation there, Williams says the team in Augusta worked through a variety of sources to see if there was any Maine connection to the bombing suspects, and also determine if there could be potential targets in Maine that need to be more secure. He says that several special teams within the State Police ---such as their Tactical Team and the bomb squad - also developed plans to deploy to Boston if police there needed their help.
Their ultimate goal, says Williams, is to make sure it doesn't happen here.

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