Report: FBI terror list outdated, wrong

The New York TimesMay 7, 2009 

— The FBI has incorrectly kept nearly 24,000 people on a terrorist watch list on the basis of outdated or sometimes irrelevant information, while missing people with genuine ties to terrorism who should have been on the list, according to a Justice Department report released Wednesday.

The report said the mistakes posed a risk to national security, because of the failure to flag actual terrorism suspects, and an unnecessary nuisance for non-suspects who might be questioned at traffic stops or kept from boarding airplanes.

The FBI said Wednesday that it had already adopted all 16 of the inspector general's recommendations for improving watch list operations, including better training and faster processing of referrals.

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