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Russia Also Warned CIA About Tamerlan

Elder brother's name was added to US watch lists: reports

(Newser) - Russia not only warned the FBI about Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011, it raised concerns to the CIA as well, reports the Washington Post . In response, the CIA asked the National Counterterrorism Center—the top US counterterror agency—to add Tsarnaev's name to a database that feeds national watch lists.... More »

America's Terror Center May Be Analyzing You

National Counterterrorism Center given access to almost any gov't database

(Newser) - If you've sought treatment at a VA hospital, applied for a government-backed mortgage, or gotten on a plane recently, be warned: The little-known National Counterterrorism Center may be analyzing you. The Wall Street Journal used documents accessed through Freedom of Information Act requests to report on counterterrorism rules that... More »

US Terror Agency Will Keep Data on Citizens Longer

NCTC can hold it 5 years now, instead of 180 days

(Newser) - The latest privacy flap: New rules will permit a federal counterterrorism agency to hang onto private data collected on US citizens—even those with no known ties to terror groups—for five years instead of 180 days, report the Washington Post and New York Times . The rules approved by Eric... More »

Awlaki, Not bin Laden, Now Top Terror Threat to US

Threat 'may be at its most heightened state' since 9/11: Napolitano

(Newser) - Osama bin Laden’s reign as the top terror threat to the US is over: According to the head of the National Counterterrorism Center, he’s been overtaken by Anwar al-Awlaki . “I actually consider al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula with al-Awlaki as a leader within that organization probably the... More »

Next Big Threat: Home-Grown Terrorists

Counterterror head speaks following Portland plot

(Newser) - The US is facing a major threat from inside: as home-grown terror plots abound, authorities may not be able to foil every plot, said a leading counterterrorism official in a Washington speech. Amid “a more complicated threat, a more diverse threat, and lower-scale attacks to include individuals who have... More »

Fed Terror Boss Skied Through Bomb Crisis

Could be downhill from here on for Michael Leiter

(Newser) - The director of the National Counterterrorism Center remained on his ski vacation despite news that a passenger had tried to blow up a Detroit-bound jetliner. Michael Leiter, the top official in charge of analyzing terror threats, didn't return to the Virginia center's "bat cave" near the CIA until several... More »

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