Thursday, January 14, 2010

Director of Terror Watch List Says Government Has Technical Capability to Screen All Passengers Against Full List Before They Board Planes

While less than one percent of the 400,000 people on the federal government's watch list of "known and suspected" terrorists are currently automatically prohibited from boarding airplanes because they are on the subset of the watch list known as the "No Fly" list, the government does have the technical capability to screen all passengers against the full list before they board flights, the top government official responsible for the watchlist told on Wednesday.

“It would be technologically feasible to screen airline passengers against the entire Terrorist Screening Database,” Timothy J. Healy, director of the Justice Department’s Terrorist Screening Center, told in a written response to questions submitted earlier this week.