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State Department Transfers List of Suspects

FBI-CIA Terrorist Threat Center Gains Database Used to Screen Visa Requests. In a decision that represents another reduction of the State Department’s influence on counterterrorism policies, the CIA and FBI will soon take control of a database of suspected terrorists used to screen people seeking visas to enter the United States, according to government officials. The State Department’s TIPOFF database, which holds the names of more than 110,000 known or suspected terrorist associates, will be transferred to the Terrorist Threat Integration Center, which the CIA runs with assistance from the FBI. The database also will be the main component of a new FBI-operated master list of suspected terrorists, which was created in a directive from President Bush on Tuesday to serve as a one-stop clearinghouse for police, airline workers, nuclear plant operators and others conducting security checks. Eventually, one counterterrorism official said, the TIPOFF list will be merged into other databases and eliminated. Full Story

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