Terror Watch List Hits 1 Million, Up One-Third Since ’07


The government’s terrorist watch list has hit 1 million entries, up 32% since 2007, reports USA Today. Federal data show the rise comes despite the removal of 33,000 entries last year by the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center in an effort to purge the list of outdated information and remove people cleared in investigations. It’s unclear how many individuals those 33,000 records represent – the center often uses multiple entries, or “identities,” for a person to reflect variances in name spellings or other identifying information. The remaining million entries represent about 400,000 individuals, according to the center.

The new figures were provided by the screening center and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in response to requests from USA TODAY. People put on the watch list by intelligence and law enforcement agencies can be blocked from flying, stopped at borders or subjected to other scrutiny. About 95% of the people on the list are foreigners, the FBI says, but it’s a source of frequent complaints from U.S. travelers.

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