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Sep 25, 2011 11:42 AM by Matt Stafford

9/11 legacy: Analysts now part of law enforcement

LAKEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - On a single day in August, police investigated a bomb threat in Colorado Springs while officers checked a suspicious package at an Air Force base in Illinois. Analysts at a Colorado intelligence center monitored both investigations to determine if there was any connection involving a single plot and the Air Force.

There wasn't. But if there was, the Colorado center would have alerted law enforcement in both states, using real-time analysis that may not have been possible a decade ago.

Analysts at the Colorado Information Analysis Center in Lakewood, Colo., process information from police across the country that, taken alone, may not make sense. Created after the 9/11 attacks, it's one of 50 state "fusion centers," plus more than 20 regional centers.

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