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DOJ Lost Track Of 2 Terrorists In Wit-Sec Program

From Jake Tapper at CNN:

First on CNN: Witness Protection Program lost two ‘known or suspected terrorists’

By Jake Tapper | May 16, 2013

The U.S. Marshals Service lost two former participants in the federal Witness Security Program “identified as known or suspected terrorists,” according to the public summary of an interim Justice Department Inspector General’s report obtained by CNN.

The Marshals Service has concluded that “one individual was and the other individual was believed to be residing outside of the United States,” according to the summary.

A Justice Department official said in response to follow up questions about the matter by reporters that the pair had left the program years ago and had been accounted for. It was not clear when or for how long the Marshals Service lost track of them.

But there is nothing to worry about.

After its audit, the IG’s office reported “the department did not definitively know how many known or suspected terrorists were admitted into the WITSEC program,” among other “significant issues concerning national security.”

They don’t know how many suspected terrorists there are in the program, but they are keeping track of them.

As of March 2013, the Justice Department was reviewing more than 18,000 Witness Protection Program case files to determine whether more known or suspected terrorists have been admitted to the program, the summary notes. As such, the number of terrorists lost or unaccounted for “may not be complete and may continue to evolve.”

How wonderful. By the way, according to the Washington Examiner, fewer than 1 percent of WitSec participants are linked to known or suspected terrorists. So that would mean there are only 180 or so suspected terrorists in the program.

The IG summary said that although the Marshals Service was giving known or suspected terrorists who participated in the WITSEC program and their dependents new names and identity documentation, the Justice Department “was not authorizing the disclosure to the Terrorist Screening Center,” which operates the terrorist watch list that helps provide information to the Transportation Security Administration’s No-Fly and Selectee lists.Therefore it was possible for known or suspected terrorists to fly on commercial airplanes in or over the United States and evade one of the government’s primary means of identifying and tracking terrorists’ movements and actions,” the summary said.

So they were never put on the ‘no fly list.’ Which means these ‘known or suspected terrorists’ could have flown on commercial airlines. Meanwhile, grandmothers are being strip searched.

The IG’s office notified the Justice Department of these problems and in the middle of remedying them, marshals discovered they could not account for the two missing people.

Justice Department officials on Thursday would not say they knew specifically where the two individuals were.

"We know they left the country years ago, they left the program years ago, they have been accounted for. There has been no information provided that they have ever returned to the United States," said a Justice Department official on a conference call with reporters…

But how would they even know if they had returned, since no one is keeping track?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, May 17th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “DOJ Lost Track Of 2 Terrorists In Wit-Sec Program”

  1. Petronius says:

    Meanwhile there’s an eight-year-old American Cub Scout who can’t get his name off the terror watch list. Whereas we can’t get known jihadis on it.


    Apparently DHS, the FBI, BATF, et al., are too busy harassing Tea Party patriots, Billy Graham, veterans, Ron Paul supporters, and social conservatives.

    And isn’t it amazing how often these terror warnings have to come from outside sources –– and then are being ignored:

    Boston Marathon — Putin warned us twice.
    Benghazi –– loads of warnings.
    the underpants bomber — the father gave us a heads-up.
    Major Nidal Hasan –– everybody in the Army knew he was dangerous.

    In the years and months leading up to the Boston bombing, Putin of course alerted the Americans that Tsarnaev was associating with known Chechnyan radicals and was probably being groomed for an attack. But, according to the White House and its stenographers in the media, the Russians weren’t forceful enough in their warnings. I suppose Putin could have gotten their attention if he’d written an op-ed piece in the New York Times, but perhaps he considered that would have been a bit excessive.

    Fortunately Dutch airline passengers and New York T-shirt vendors have become quite adept at spotting and neutralizing terrorists. Otherwise we’d be completely at the mercy of the millions of lone wolves.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Lost track, my muscular backside …

    UPS and FEDEX reliably track millions of packages every day. Can tell you where they are along the way. My brother has software installed on all his kids electronics they don’t know about that can track them digitally down to a one block radius inside a Geo-Fence. We have chips which can find your pet down to a radius of six feet …

    … we live in the total surveillance society and this ‘Department’ of the US Government wants me to believe they “lost them”?


    They let them go. To do something that only the fiends in Washington, our sworn enemies, could dream up.

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