SACRAMENTO -- A U.S. Senate report has found massive spending leading to few results from a national anti-terror program, including questionable purchases at one of the so-called "fusion centers" based in San Diego.
That center is one of four regional information-sharing centers created in California after the 2001 terrorist attacks.
The report released Wednesday questioned the San Diego fusion center's $25,000 purchase of tiny cameras hidden in shirt buttons, hats and water bottles, as well as $75,000 on 55 flat-screen televisions that officials used to watch the news.
A former director of the center lost his job over the TV purchases.
Kelly Huston, a spokesman for the California Emergency Management Agency, defended the fusion centers but says officials intend to learn from the report. The agency has oversight of the centers.