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Running Head: TROUBLE WITH THE TERROR WATCH LIST1Trouble with the Terror Watch ListAmerican Public University SystemINFO531
Running Head: TROUBLE WITH THE TERROR WATCH LIST2Trouble with the Terror Watch ListOne of the major concepts outlined in the case study is the usage of a database management system, or DBMS for short, which is primarily used as a way to “store and retrieve database information that is both convenient and efficient” (Vidhya et al., 2016, p. 22). This database contains a wide variety of information on individuals suspected of being engaged in domestic terror activities, to include their names and aliases that they are known to use. Through the use of a combined DBMS, multiple federal and local agencies are able to pool together their information into a single repository, instead of each of them creating and maintaining their own fraction of information that would be better suited for consolidation.Another concept touched upon by the case study is the issue of data accuracy. It is noted that many individuals are on the Terror Watch list purely due to misspellings within the database,or some other form of error. This is quite troublesome for many innocent people, some as young as 8 years old, who have done nothing to be put on the list; yet they are frequently unable to travel unhindered due to their inclusion.The Goal of the Terror Watch ListThe watch list was created in an effort to make a “single database that contains sensitive national security and law enforcement information concerning the identities of those who are known or reasonably suspected of being involved in terrorist activities” (Terrorist Screening Center, 2016). This database is accessible by many law enforcement agencies, allowing them to identify and track individuals more efficiently while also promoting inter-agency communication.The list does have its benefits; the greatest of which is putting information into the hands of those law enforcement agencies that would most need it. Without the database being in place,
Running Head: TROUBLE WITH THE TERROR WATCH LIST3suspected terrorists would continue to move freely throughout the United States with relative impunity. The sharing of information between agencies would still be crucial, though the ability to share detailed information on suspected individuals would be difficult and time consuming. Asan example, without the database a suspected terrorist can leave New York City and travel to New Jersey fairly easily. Once the person is out of the jurisdiction of New York City police, unless they are tracked going to New Jersey and the information then gets shared with the relevant authorities, New Jersey would have no inclination that a suspected terrorist has arrived in the area.

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Federal Bureau of Investigation, Database management system, Secure Flight

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