ISAAC Aimed To Help Protect N.C. From Terrorism, Violence
Posted September 19, 2006 4:10 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH, N.C. — Local, state and federal officials on Tuesday opened up a new line of communication to protect against terrorism.
After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, there was a lot of criticism that intelligence agencies failed to share intelligence information. The Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAAC) is North Carolina's answer to that criticism.
"The key to preventing a terrorist attack in North Carolina, or for that matter, elsewhere in the country, is making sure that all the agencies are working together," said Bryan Beatty, secretary of North Carolina Crime Control and Public Safety.
Staff from various agencies will work together in the same office to evaluate and act on homeland security and gang activity information. They said they hope ISAAC will help prevent crime, not just react to something that has already happened.
"These tips will be assessed, will be scrutinized and the information will be sent to the right agency to make sure action is taken immediately," said North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper.
A hotline has also been established for people who have information about suspicious activity that may warrant more than a 911 call:
ISAAC is funded by grants from the Department of Homeland Security and the governor's Crime Commission.