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US yet to consolidate terrorist watch lists

The US government has yet to consolidate a dozen different “terrorist watch” lists collected by various departments, nearly two years after the terrorist attacks of September 11 2001 revealed the lack of intelligence information sharing as a weakness in US domestic security. Critics say the failure has left the US exposed to the same communication breakdown that allowed two hijackers to be approved for visas by the US State Department, despite having been identified by the Central Intelligence Agency as members of al-Qaeda. “It’s the key factor in being able to keep terrorists out of the country,” said a congressional aide to the intelligence committees’ inquiry into September 11. “It’s a real weakness and nobody is stepping up to take responsibility for it.” The problems with the watch lists illustrate the difficulty of effective intelligence sharing that could “connect the dots” before terrorist attacks. Full Story

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