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GAO Criticizes System For Tracking Terrorists

More than 19 months after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the federal government’s system of keeping track of suspected terrorists remains disorganized and inefficient, according to a congressional study to be released today. The report by the General Accounting Office found that a dozen terrorist “watch lists” compiled by nine federal agencies are frequently incompatible with one another, containing different pieces of information and frequently set up so they cannot be merged or compared easily. In addition, congressional investigators found much of the data contained in such lists are not shared among federal agencies or with state and local law enforcement agencies. Overall, the report said, the federal government’s watch list system is “overly complex, unnecessarily inefficient and potentially ineffective.” Full Story

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