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Terror lists remain disparate

A consolidated database for a single terrorist watch list is still not operational, and one lawmaker blames the delay on a lack of leadership. Officials at the FBI-led Terrorist Screening Center, responsible for consolidating a dozen terrorist watch lists, are testing a database application but missed the Dec. 1, 2003, deadline to have the center and merged list completed, according to Rep. Jim Turner (D-Texas), ranking member of the House Select Committee on Homeland Security. According to a Dec. 18, 2003, letter to Turner from Eleni Kalisch, the FBI’s assistant director of congressional affairs, “The TSC is currently in the test phase of the consolidated database application, which will assimilate available terrorist information into one unified database.” Fewer than 20 percent of the records for the master watch list have been consolidated, Turner said. Full Story

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