Thursday, December 24, 2009

FBI: 19,000 Matches to Terrorist Screening List in 2009

Testifying in front of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, the FBI's Timothy Healy, director of the Terrorist Screening Center, stated that law enforcement officials reported 55,000 encounters with suspected terrorists in the last year. Of these encounters, 19,000 were with individuals on the terrorist watchlist. (Some of the 19,000 matches included multiple encounters with the same individuals.)

The watchlist, which includes approximately 400,000 individuals, is used to screen visa applicants, gun buyers and suspects stopped by police and to stop some air travelers for extra screening or interrogation.

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