8/22/2008

A congressional investigation has found that the government's terrorist watch list database is deeply flawed -- not only flagging innocent Americans but possibly failing to catch actual terror suspects. The database uses an archaic indexing system rather than keyword searches, and tens of thousands of "potentially vital" messages from the CIA have been omitted. The database "may have left us less able to connect the dots than we were before," said Rep. Brad Miller, D-N.C., whose subcommittee conducted the investigation. "Now, we seem to have lost the dots."

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