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U.S. has 55 daily encounters with "suspected terrorists"


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Law enforcement and homeland security personnel face an average of 55 daily encounters with "known or suspected terrorists" named on government watchlists, officials told Reuters.

The figure - which equals more than 20,000 contacts per year - underscores the growing sweep of the watchlists, which have expanded significantly since a failed Christmas Day 2009 bombing attempt of a U.S. airliner. But officials note that very few of those daily contacts lead to arrests.

Civil liberties groups question the use of watchlists, and they have been ridiculed for ensnaring innocent citizens.

U.S. officials said the encounters, which involve airport and border security personnel as well as federal and local law enforcement officers, are reported to the Terrorist Screening Center (TSC), an interagency unit led by an FBI official based in a tightly guarded building in northern Virginia.

At its headquarters, the TSC operates a 24-hour command center, resembling something from a Hollywood thriller, complete with giant wall-screen projections and signs flashing "SECRET."


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Comment by Ana Panot
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 I mean BURN not born or borne, those Satanic books and videos!

Comment by Ana Panot
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 Born those satanic books and videos!

Comment by Bertha Anonimo
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The FBI Watch List is getting to be kilometric long … and still elongating instead of shortening, stretching instead of limiting.

And this helps explain why: When you go around town selling your books and videos instructing the public how and when to kill government agents and shoot cops dead – like what dangerous psychopath Larken Rose do – inspired terrorists and terrorist sympathizers become smarter in those reported attempts to carry out their obsession to kill. That’s how the FBI Watch List gets longer every day.

For example, this report explains why the Government Security Watch List has elongated rapidly: "Christmas Day 2009, when a Nigerian-born militant who was listed in a classified database called TIDE, but not the no-fly list, successfully boarded a US-bound aircraft but then failed to detonate a bomb which Yemeni militants had helped him stash in his underpants. Before that incident, the number of names on the no-fly list was around 4,000. U.S. officials said it now contains about 20,000 names while the selectee list contains another 18,000.

"A new threat to aviation security surfaced earlier this month, in the form of a foiled plot by al Qaeda's Yemeni affiliate to deploy a more sophisticated "underwear" bomb."

There are more of these reports than met the eye, so to speak. Terrorists had become more cunning and deliberately treacherous. They are expected to launch a strike when and where it is less expected.

Ironically, "fewer than 500 on the no-fly list are U.S. citizens." When local threats like Larken Rose urge Americans to kill, foreign terrorists come here inspired by the local campaign of terror conducted by Americans to kill Americans themselves. When a Muslim terrorist from another country arrives in the U.S. with a mission to kill, that assassin is not just inspired but emboldened to kill, like how daring that "Nigerian-born militant" had become – a killer so bravely encouraged to defy the odds of being caught carrying a bomb [of all places] right there in his underpants!

In the list, no fewer than 500 are American citizens. But I will not be surprised if that list is dominated by the names of mentally disturbed local terrorists like Larken Rose, Charles Manson and Jared Loughner who are as dangerous as Timothy McVeigh, the Unabomber and Jack the Rippers are, had these beast-like killers been alive today.


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