Missouri's Weapon in the War on Terror
MIAC, an arm of the state's Department of Public Safety, consists of 12 analysts and three supervisors trying to stop terrorism.
"It's important for Missourians to know that now we can anticipate when a strike happens: when, where and how, rather than Missouri being more on her heels than on her toes," said MIAC spokeswoman Terri Drudurall. "It's a very proactive approach."
The Missouri State Highway Patrol used to investigate possible terrorist threats. Now, the state has intelligence-gathering tools and other resources in one central location.
"That's what the whole goal is," said Public Safety Deputy Director Brian Jamison, "that instead of everybody operating individually, that we're working together all operating on the same page of music."
Analyzing trends and patterns is crucial.
"Those pieces of information, by themselves, might not mean anything," added Jamison. "But, comparing those pieces of information with other pieces of information may mean something on a big picture."
The center encourages citizens to call if they see anything suspicious.
"You never know what little piece of information may be critical in the analysis of the investigation," Jamison said. "But, if it's suspicious and looks out of the ordinary for your neighborhood or doesn't look quite right, it probably isn't. So, that's the kind of information that law enforcement and MIAC can use."
You can call the center's 24-hour hotline at 1-866-362-MIAC (6422).