Report: Witness Protection Lost Track of 2 Terror Suspects
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Marshals Service had been “unable to locate” two former participants in the federal Witness Security Program who have been identified as known or suspected terrorists according to the Justice Department’s inspector general.
The Marshals Service has concluded that “one individual was and the other individual was believed to be residing outside of the United States,” according to the public summary of an interim Justice Department Inspector General’s report obtained by CNN.
The news comes in the middle of a week of bad news for the Obama administration, with revelations that the Justice Department secretly collected months of phone records for reporters and editors at The Associated Press; renewed criticism and accusations of a cover-up over the White House’s response to the Benghazi attack; and revelations that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.
The report notes that while in the middle of an audit of the WITSEC program, also referred to as “WitSec,” the IG notified 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.”
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