Attorney General Holder: No-fly, terrorist watch lists will probably grow

The trove of material seized in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound will probably lead to additional people being added to the government’s no-fly and terrorist watch lists, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Wednesday.

Holder, speaking before the Senate Judiciary Committee, said a team of federal intelligence and law enforcement agencies is reviewing the material and “will make appropriate decisions with regard to who might be added to the terrorist watch list, the no-fly list, all those things.’’

Asked whether that meant more people will be added to the lists, Holder said: “My guess would be that we probably will.’’ He declined to specify what has been found among bin Laden’s possessions.

There are about 10,000 people on the no-fly list, U.S. officials have said. The government’s master terrorist watch list is one of about a dozen lists or databases used by counterterrorism officials.

Jerry Markon is a political accountability reporter for the Post’s National Desk, focusing on short-term investigative stories about the Affordable Care Act, lobbying and other topics. He also serves as lead Web writer for major breaking national news.
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