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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    Anonymous Coward, 10 May 2009 @ 6:11am

    Sad state

    In order to get their IT stuff together the Gov. needs to remove the red tape and the theory that if they have money they must spend all of it no matter what is accomplished. The Gov. needs to hire younger people and move the old SOB out of their offices. I work for the Gov. and the old collecting a pay check out number the young by nearly 10 to 1. It is a shame and as a tax payer I am saddened.

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