The Threat and Local Observation Notice (TALON) Report Program
OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL (DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE) ARLINGTON VA
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We performed this audit in response to requests from Congresswomen Zoe Lofgren, on December 30, 2005, and Anna G. Eshoo, on January 12, 2006, on media reporting that DoD had developed and maintains a database for information on U.S. persons conducting domestic anti-war and counter-military protests and demonstrations. The Air Force Office of Special Investigations developed the TALON report format in 2001 for its Eagle Eye Program, a neighborhood watch program to detect and report suspicious activity of possible targeting of Air Force interests by terrorists. The TALON report program was instituted DoD-wide on May 2, 2003, by Deputy Secretary of Defense memorandum, Collection, Reporting, and Analysis of Terrorist Threats to DoD Within the United States, because DoD had no formal mechanism to collect and share non-validated domestic threat information between intelligence, counterintelligence, law enforcement, and force protection entities and to analyze that information for indications of foreign terrorist activity. A TALON report consists of raw information reported by concerned citizens and military members about suspicious incidents. The memorandum also directs that TALON reports be provided to the DoD Counterintelligence Field Activity for incorporation into a database repository. The Counterintelligence Field Activity is a designated DoD law enforcement and counterintelligence organization and serves as the bridge between intelligence related to international terrorism information and domestic law enforcement information. In addition, the Commander, U.S. Northern Command s mission is to deter, prevent, and defeat threats and aggression aimed at the United States, its territories, and interests within its area of responsibility.
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