QuoteThe sources said Tamerlan Tsarnaev's details were entered into TIDE, a database maintained by the National Counterterrorism Center, because the FBI spoke to him in 2011 while investigating a Russian tip-off that he had become a follower of radical Islamists.The FBI found nothing to suggest he was an active threat, but all the same placed his name on the "Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment" list. The FBI has not said what it did find about Tsarnaev.so to answer the question "Who puts people on the watchlist?", the National Counterterrorism CenterQuoteBut the database, which holds more than half a million names, is only a repository of information on people who U.S. authorities see as known, suspected or potential terrorists from around the world(snip)As of 2008, TIDE contained more than 540,000 names, although they represented about 450,000 actual people, because some of the entries are aliases or different name spellings for the same person. Fewer than 5 percent of the TIDE entries were U.S. citizens or legal residents, according to a description of the database on the NCTC website.i.e. less than about 20,000 people on that list were US citizens or legal residents (which would include people on temporary visas such as students and H1B as well as green card holders, though I would hope they would expel on national security grounds anyone on a temporary visa who made that list)so to answer the question "when do you qualify to be on the list?", when U.S. authorities see you as a known, suspected or potential terrorist from around the worldto answer the question "what are the implications of being on the list?", evidently not muchto answer the question "are people on the list more likely to plan a terrorist attack?", evidently so because there are 1/2 a million names on the list and 6 billion names not on the list, so what 12,000 times more names on the list than not and both the panty bomber and the Boston bomber were on the list and 450,000 people might be a lot, but as stated, less than about 20,000 are actually US citizens or legal residentsQuoteOn September 30, 2012, a total of 36,074 people worked for the FBI, including 13,913 special agents and 22,161 professional staff. Among our employees are 15,649 women, 8,762 minorities, and 1,281 persons with disabilities.I would suggest that they keep an eye on any US citizens or legal residents (that's only 1 or 2 of them for each FBI special agent) and make sure the others don't get in the US.
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