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Holder: New names likely for watch list

May 4, 2011 at 5:15 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, May 4 (UPI) -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday the intelligence found at Osama bin Laden's compound likely will provide new names for the terror watch list.

At a Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing on Justice Department oversight, Holder told Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., he expects the trove of information seized during Monday's raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan, will yield new names for the government to track.

"We congratulate the administration and all of you on capturing bin Laden and killing him," Schumer said during the hearing. "But we also learned that there's a treasure trove of intelligence material found in his compound, that's sort of great and a gold mine, I guess, for us. …

"Can you tell me whether the FBI is coordinating with the State Department and Homeland Security to add names to the terrorist watch list, revoke the visas of anyone who's found in the material confiscated in the bin Laden residence, what is happening there, and has anyone already been … added to watch lists and had visa revocations because of that intelligence?"

"The material that was seized from that residence is being reviewed by an interagency team -- CIA, Justice, other intelligence agencies, other law enforcement agencies are all contributing people and machines to go through that material," Holder replied. "As we glean information from that material we will make appropriate decisions with regard to who might be added to the terrorist watch list, the no-fly list, all those things."

"You expect you probably will add people as a result of what you've found?" Schumer asked.

"My guess would be that we probably will," Holder replied.

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