Dallas County commissioners are squabbling over whether a new computer system for law enforcement agencies is a legitimate use of homeland security money, says the Dallas Morining News. Margaret Keliher said she would vote against a court order to spend $475,000 in homeland security grant money to create a way for police agencies to search a database of crimes to detect patterns of illegal behavior. Keliher said the county should save the homeland security money for what she considered glaring gaps in its plans to handle a natural disaster or terrorism.
Commissioner Mike Cantrell defended the use of homeland security money for the computer project, noting that strengthening the ability of law enforcement agencies to share information is a top priority of homeland security at the state and federal levels. He said the lines between terrorist organizations and those committing crimes has blurred, as terrorist networks use front businesses to gather weapons and money.