August 29, 2007
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NPR NEWS’ DINA TEMPLE-RASTON FIRST JOURNALIST
ALLOWED TO TOUR FBI’S TERRORIST SCREENING CENTER

REPORT AIRING ON NPR NEWS MORNING EDITION
TOMORROW, THURSDAY, AUGUST 30

AUDIO AVAILABLE THURSDAY AT WWW.NPR.ORG


August 29, 2007; Washington, D.C. – NPR News FBI correspondent Dina Temple-Raston is the first journalist permitted to tour the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center (TSC), which Temple-Raston profiles tomorrow, Thursday, August 30 on NPR News Morning Edition. For local stations and broadcast times, visit www.NPR.org

From inside the Terrorist Screening Center, housed in an undisclosed location in Northern Virginia, Temple-Raston interviews TSC Director Leonard Boyle about the classified terrorist watch list of known and suspected terrorists. While the FBI will not disclose the size of the watch list, Temple-Raston reports that the number of “hits” on the database is expected to top 22,000 this year.

Discussing information-sharing between local law enforcement and the TSC, Boyle tells Temple-Raston: “The information walls are down to the extent they can be. We have moved from a need to know mindset, to an obligation to share mindset.”

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