Saturday, August 25, 2007

Terror Suspect List Yields Few Arrests
--20,000 Detentions in '06 Rile Critics
--Database contained at least 235,000 records as of last fall

25 Aug 2007 The government's terrorist screening database flagged Americans and foreigners as suspected terrorists almost 20,000 times last year. But only a small fraction of those questioned were arrested or denied entry into the United States, raising concerns among critics about privacy and the list's effectiveness... The database consolidates a dozen government watch lists, as well as a growing amount of information from various sources, including airline passenger data. The government said it was planning to expand the data-sharing to private-sector groups with a "substantial bearing on homeland security," though officials would not be more specific.

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