Handling Of Terrorists In Witness Protection Questioned After Two With Suspected Terror Ties Go Missing

Source: Kevin Johnson / USA Today

WASHINGTON — An internal Justice Department report found that new identities created for known or suspected terrorists admitted to the government secret Witness Security Program were not submitted for inclusion on terrorist watchlists.

Until the matter was recently brought to the attention of senior Justice officials by the department’s inspector general, “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,” according to the report issued by Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz.

Last July, according to the report, the United States Marshal’s Service stated that it was “unable to locate two former witness protection members, classified as known or suspected terrorists.”

It is now believed that at least one of the missing witnesses is “residing outside of the United States.”

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