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ThanksfortheopportunitytodebunkseveralmythsrelatedtoTrapWire.Lawenforcementingeneralhaschangedhowtheyassessthreatssince911,NewYorkCityisjust
oneexample.Itshouldcomeasnosurprisethatthereareterroristsand,ingeneral,criminalswhowishtoharminnocentpeopleandtargetinfrastructure,andtheDepartment
hasaresponsibilityanddutytodowhatitcantoidentifyandpreventpotentialcriminalactivity,ifpossiblebeforeithappens.ThisincludestheCapitolcomplex,whichhas
thousandsofvisitorsaweek,includingmanyschoolchildren.

TrapWiredoesnotperformsurveillance,thesystemdoesnothavecameras,anditdoesnottargetindividualsorgroups.AnythingthatgoesintoTrapWirehastobeentered
manuallybyDPS.Whatitdoesdoisanalyzedataafteritisenteredintothesystemandlookforpatterns.TrapWireusesexistingDPSresources,suchasiWatch.(Seethispress
releaseforadditionalbackground:http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/director_staff/media_and_communications/2013/pr051513.htm)

Atitscore,itisusedtoanalyzesuspiciousactivityreportsoractivitytodetermineapotentialtietoterrorismorcriminalactivitybydetectingpotentialthreatpatterns,whichin
turncanbeusedforcriminalinvestigationsortoadjustsecuritytomitigatefuturerisks.Forexample,DPSreceivestipsfromavarietyofsources,includinglawenforcement,
theprivatesectorandthepublic(whichpotentiallycouldincludethemedia).ItalsohelpsidentifypatternsthatmightsuggestpresurveillanceofDPSfacilities.And,ittiesinto
datafromotherusersontheTrapWiresystem.

InTexas,ithasresultedin:
21patternsidentified(12withconnectionsoutsideTexas)
44arrestsmade
36investigationslaunched;14senttoaJointTerrorismTaskForce,ICE,otherfederalagencies.
Wearestillresearchingthecostquestiontomakesureweprovideaccuratenumbers,butpartofthecostiscoveredthroughgrantfunding.
TheWikileaksfilesonthissubjectsharesalotofinformationabouthowStratforworkedwithTrapWireonacommissionbasistosetupinTexas.What,ifanything,isinaccurateinthe
Wikileaksemailsfromseveralyearsago?Acarefulreadingshowstherelationship.WhatifanythingwasmisconstruedontheWikileaksemailsthatcitedSteveMcCraw,FredBurton,
TrapWireandStratfor?ThisquestionispurposelyvaguetoallowDPStoclearupanymisconceptionsthatanyoneinthepubliccouldinferfromreadingtheseeasilyavailablefiles?

TheDPSagreementiswithTrapWire.WedidnotbeginusingtheprogrambecauseofFredBurtonorStatfor.Webeganusingtheprogramforthereasonsweenumerated
above.Anyotherimplicationisfalse.
InDPS,howmanypeopleareemployedtokeepupwiththeinformationthatthisprogramsupplies? Ingeneral,DPSpersonneldontjustworkonthisoneprogram.
Isthisprogramusedinanywaytomonitorpoliticalactivists? Ofcoursenot;andremember,itsnotacameraprogram.
Whatarethestaterulesthatarefollowedheretomakesuretherearenoabuses? TheyincludetheTexasPrivacyPolicy,http://www.dps.texas.gov/docs/
TxFCPrivacyPolicy113010.pdf,andTexasGovernmentCode421.082and421.085.
TomVinger
PressSecretary,TexasDepartmentofPublicSafety
MediaandCommunicationsOffice
P.O.Box4087(5805N.LamarBlvd.)
Austin,TX787730170