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Terrorism Investigations: Domestic

Terror Watch Lists and Adverse Action

In the wake of the Orlando shootings, many have suggested that the presence of Omar Mateen on the terrorist watch list is grounds for ... well, lots of things, ranging from denying him a firearms purchase to placing him under greater surveillance, etc. It is useful, in my view, to review some of the facts regarding the operation and management of those watch lists -- if only to put these suggested supplemental activities into context.

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