05.06.09

Comment On Inspector General Report On The FBI’s Terrorist Watchlist Nomination Practices

“Today’s report follows a 2008 audit which found that the FBI’s terrorist watchlist is often either inaccurate or incomplete.  That the FBI continues to fail to place subjects of terrorism investigations on the watchlist is unacceptable.   Disturbingly, today’s report reveals that in 72 percent of the cases, the FBI has also failed to remove subjects from the list in a timely manner.  In fact, one individual remained on the list for nearly five years after the case had been closed.  Given the very real and negative consequences to which people on the watchlist are subjected, this is unacceptable.  As of December 31, 2008, the watchlist “contained more than 1.1 million known or suspected terrorist identities.”  With such a significant number of individuals in question, it is important that the FBI gets this right.  I will continue to raise this issue with Director Mueller.”

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Inspector General Report on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Terrorist Watchlist Nomination Practices

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