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Terrorist Watch List Hits 1 Million: Entries Up 32% Since ’07

The list keeps growing despite the FBI’s latest efforts to clean it up and remove people who shouldn’t be on there. Sadly, there are still probably plenty folks who shouldn’t be on there including children. It’s part of the constant balance between keeping us safe and going too far.

By Peter Eisler
USA TODAY
WASHINGTON – The government’s terrorist watch list has hit 1 million entries, up 32% since 2007.

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the removal of 33,000 entries last year by the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center in an effort to purge the list of outdated information and remove people cleared in investigations.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.

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