FBI Unable To Properly Manage Terrorist Watch List

from the check-on-that-new-computer dept

For the better part of this decade, we've covered the massive screw-ups the FBI had in updating its computer system. This was the system that was many years late, way way way over budget and useless at tracking down terrorists. It's the same system that, when a computer scientist was asked to review the it, he claimed (no joke) that it would be a good time to go on a crime spree the day the FBI switched over.

While the FBI has since moved forward with another system, it's reasonable to question the quality of its computer systems. So, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that the FBI appears to be unable to manage its terror watch list. According to a report by the Inspector General:
We found that the FBI failed to nominate many subjects in the terrorism investigations that we sampled, did not nominate many others in a timely fashion, and did not update or remove watchlist records as required.... We believe that the FBI's failure to consistently nominate subjects of international and domestic terrorism investigations to the terrorist watchlist could pose a risk to national security.
Now don't you feel safer?
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    Griff (profile), 8 May 2009 @ 11:37pm

    Re: A good armed American

    So you are saying a good armed American will always act in defense of gays, abortion clinics, stem cell researchers and people who non violently protest against wars they don't believe in, if a Republican government the "good American" agrees with seeks to overstep its constitutional authority and curtail their rights ? (I would call that a domestic threat)

    I had no idea that arming a social conservative could instantly transform them into such a tolerant person. Those guns must really be magical things.

    But back to the original topic. Has anyone ever heard a story where a large government software project is publically lauded as a huge success ?

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