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National Counterterrorism Center - What We Do

Sunday, February 26, 2012

National Counterterrorism Center

What We Do

National Counterterrorism Center Seal NCTC serves as the primary organization in the U.S. government for integrating and analyzing all intelligence pertaining to terrorism possessed or acquired by the U.S. government (except purely domestic terrorism); serves as the central and shared knowledge bank on terrorism information; and ensures that agencies receive all-source intelligence support needed to execute their counterterrorism plans or to perform independent, alternative analysis, and receive the intelligence needed to accomplish their assigned activities.

NCTC serves as the principal advisor to the DNI on intelligence operations and analysis relating to counterterrorism, advising the DNI on how well US intelligence activities, programs, and budget proposals for counterterrorism conform to priorities established by the President.

Unique among US agencies, NCTC serves as the primary organization responsible for strategic operational planning for counterterrorism. Operating under the policy direction of the President and the National Security Council, NCTC provides interagency planning and assessments of US strategic counterterrorism programs and activities.


National Counterterrorism Center - Who We Are

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

National Counterterrorism Center

Who We Are

National Counterterrorism Center Seal One of the ODNI's three national centers, National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) was established by Presidential Executive Order in August 2004, and codified by the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA). NCTC implements a key recommendation of the 9/11 Commission: “Breaking the older mold of national government organizations, this NCTC should be a center for joint operational planning and joint intelligence, staffed by personnel from the various agencies.” NCTC is staffed by personnel from multiple departments and agencies.


Lead our nation’s effort to combat terrorism at home and abroad by analyzing the threat, sharing that information with our partners, and integrating all instruments of national power to ensure unity of effort.


The nation’s indispensable source for analysis and strategic operational plans, leading the counterterrorism community by setting the standard for expertise, collaboration, and information sharing.


Integrity: We uphold the highest standards of conduct in all that we do. We follow through on promises and commitments while acting in the best interest of the nation.

Excellence: We hold ourselves to the highest standards. We strive for continuous improvement and promote innovation, creativity, and risk taking.

Leadership: We enable, motivate, and inspire each other and the counterterrorism community to accomplish the mission.

Diversity: We create an inclusive, joint work environment to leverage the breadth of expertise and perspectives from across the counterterrorism community.


NCTC Links

Saturday, April 07, 2012

NCTC Documents

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Civil Liberties and Privacy Office - IC Civil Liberties & Policy Framework

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Civil Liberties and Privacy Office

IC Civil Liberties & Privacy Framework

Executive Order 12333

EO 12333 authorizes the effective conduct of United States intelligence activities and the protection of Constitutional rights.

CLPO Information Paper on 2008 Revision of Executive Order 12333

Executive Order 12333 was originally issued by President Ronald Reagan in 1981. It was most recently revised and re-issued by President George W. Bush in 2008.  The ODNI's Civil Liberties and Privacy Office (CLPO) originally prepared this information paper in August 2008 and made it available to interested members of the public, to describe the civil liberties and privacy protections incorporated in the 2008 revision of Executive Order12333. In August, 2013, CLPO reformatted the content of that original paper for posting on

Executive Order 13636 Privacy and Civil Liberties Assessment Report 2014

Executive Order 13636, Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, requires that senior agency officials for privacy and civil liberties assess the privacy and civil liberties impacts of the activities their respective departments and agencies have undertaken to implement the Executive Order, and to publish their assessments annually in a report compiled by the DHS Privacy Office and Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. This is the first of the required annual reports.  It includes the DHS Privacy Office’s and Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties’ assessments of certain DHS activities under Section 4 of the Executive Order (enhanced threat information sharing with the private sector) as well as assessments conducted independently by the Department of the Treasury and the Departments of Defense, Justice, Commerce, Health and Human Services, Transportation, and Energy, and by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the General Services Administration.  April 2014. 152 pages. Section on the ODNI can be found in pages 132-145.

Civil Liberties and Privacy Intelligence Community Enterprise Strategy 2012-2017

Provides the Civil Liberties and Privacy Office’s (CLPO) strategic roadmap for enhancing the IC’s framework for protecting civil liberties and privacy, highlighting four high-level goals relating to civil liberties and privacy to obtain the trust of the American people. The goals focus on protecting civil liberties and privacy through policy implementation, ensuring compliance with the Constitution and laws, handling complaints of possible abuses of civil liberties, and providing transparency.

Intelligence Community Directive 107: Civil Liberties and Privacy

This Directive established Intelligence Community (IC) policy for the protection of civil liberties and privacy relating to activities conducted by IC elements and discusses the responsibilities of the Civil Liberties Protection Officer in supporting this Directive.

Intelligence Community Legal Reference Book

The IC draws much of its authority and guidance from the body of law contained in this collection. The Intelligence Community Legal reference bookis intended to be a useful resource to professionals across the federal government.

Civil Liberties and Privacy Guidance for Intelligence Community Professionals: Properly Obtaining and Using Publicly Available Information

This guidance, issued by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Civil Liberties and Privacy Office, is intended for personnel working in the United States Intelligence Community (IC) who obtain and/or use information that is available to the general public.

The Constitution of the United States

All intelligence professionals take an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.

Principles of Professional Ethics for the Intelligence Community

These principles reflect the standard of ethical conduct expected of all Intelligence Community personnel, regardless of individual role or agency affiliation.

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