Whoops! Justice Department loses track of a few “known or suspected” terrorists
The Justice Department is really having a bad week, isn’t it? The latest, from Jake Tapper at CNN:
The U.S. Marshal Service has been “unable to locate” two former participants in the federal Witness Security Program “identified as known or suspected terrorists,” states the public summary of an interim Justice Department Inspector General’s report obtained by CNN.
The Marshals have concluded that “one individual was and the other individual was believed to be residing outside of the United States.”
The news comes from an audit of the Witness Security Program by the IG’s office, which states that “the Department did not definitively know how many known or suspected terrorists were admitted into the WITSEC program,” among other “significant issues concerning national security.” The report makes 16 recommendations.
The “Interim Report on the Department of Justice’s Handling of Known or Suspected Terrorists Admitted Into the Federal Witness Security Program” notes that while in the midst of an audit of the WITSEC program, the Inspector General felt the need to notify the Justice Department of national security vulnerabilities, and the IG’s office “developed the interim report to help ensure that the Department promptly and sufficiently addressed the deficiencies we found.”
However, there is no cause for alarm, because the Justice Department says terrorists comprise “a fraction of one percent of the total WitSec population,” most of them were in the program before September 11, 2001, and none of them has ever been directly linked to a national security threat.
If you find the missing terrorists, please put them in an envelope and mail them back to the Justice Department. Postage is prepaid.