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Database will unite agencies' terrorist lists

Two years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, federal intelligence and law enforcement officials on Tuesday announced plans to finally consolidate up to a dozen “watch lists” intended to keep terrorists out of the country and nab those who get in. The lists, now maintained separately by several government agencies, will be combined into one database at a new Terrorism Screening Center starting Dec. 1. It will be run by the FBI. The database will include lists of international terrorists and those with links to terrorists groups now held by the CIA and State Department. It also will incorporate the FBI’s lists of domestic terrorists and the Department of Homeland Security’s “no-fly” lists, used to keep terrorists off planes. All told, officials said, the database could include more than 100,000 names. Members of Congress in recent months have questioned why it was taking the government so long to consolidate the lists, when it was clear that such consolidation might have helped prevent the Sept. 11 attacks. Full Story

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