Terrorist Screening Center
and the Consolidated Terrorist Watchlist

National Security Branch > Terrorist Screening Center > Watchlist Facts

  • “The No-fly list itself is one of our best lines of defense.”
    Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman, May 2010
  • "The watch list has enhanced the U.S. government’s counterterrorism efforts…”
    - Government Accountability Office, Report GAO-08-110, October 2007
  • “Use of the watch list has helped federal, state, and local screening and law enforcement officials obtain information to make better-informed decisions when they encounter an individual on the list as to the threat posed and the appropriate response or action to take, if any.”
    - Government Accountability Office, Report GAO-08-110, October 2007
  • "Information collected from watch list encounters is shared with agents conducting counterterrorism investigations and with the intelligence community for use in analyzing threats. Such coordinated collection of information for use in investigations and threat analyses is one of the stated policy objectives for the watch list.”
    - Government Accountability Office, Report GAO-08-110, October 2007
  • “The number of positive matches to the watch list has increased each year…”
    - Government Accountability Office, Report GAO-08-110, October 2007
  • “… TSC has enhanced its efforts to ensure the quality of [consolidated terrorist] watch list data…”
    - Dept. of Justice Inspector General, Audit Report 07-41, September 2007
  • “Our audit further determined that the TSC was following its procedures and reaching appropriate resolutions in its review of complaints filed by individuals seeking redress from further adverse experiences that they believed were the result of terrorist watch list screening.”
    - Dept. of Justice Inspector General, Audit Report 07-41, September 2007
  • The Government Accountability Office has credited the rise in positive matches with the watch list to TSC’s efforts to “educate federal departments and agencies, state and local law enforcements, and foreign governments about appropriate screening opportunities.”
    - Government Accountability Office, Report GAO-08-110, October 2007
  • “TSC plays a central role in the real-time sharing of this information [collected during encounters], creating a bridge among screening agencies, the law enforcement community, and the intelligence community.”
    - Government Accountability Office, Report GAO-08-110, October 2007
  • Approximately 95% of all the individuals included in the consolidated terrorist watch list are not U.S. citizens or legal residents. The vast majority of individuals on the watch list are not even in the U.S.
    - Terrorist Screening Center statistics