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May 3, 2006

NCTC releases strategy to combat terrorist travel

Filed under: Border Security,International HLS — by Christian Beckner on May 3, 2006

As reported by Reuters, the National Counterterrorism Center has issued a new National Strategy to Combat Terrorist Travel, a report required by the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, largely in response to the 9/11 Commission’s excellent staff report on terrorist travel. The report identifies three strategic objectives for combating terrorist travel that are focused overseas:

Strategic Objective 1: Suppress Terrorists’ Ability to Cross International Borders
Strategic Objective 2: Help Partner Nations Build Capacity to Limit Terrorist Travel
Strategic Objective 3: Deny Terrorists Access to Resources That Facilitate Travel

And three objectives that are focused at U.S. borders and internally:

Strategic Objective 1: Inhibit Terrorists from Crossing US Borders
Strategic Objective 2: Enhance US Government Capabilities to Detect and
Constrain Terrorist Travel Within the United States
Strategic Objective 3: Strengthen US Identity Verification Systems

It goes on to provides a useful inventory of current activities and a set of recommendations about how to strengthen them. Overall, they form an important agenda that the relevant agencies (DHS, State, etc.) and international organizations should work expeditiously to adopt.

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