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Gap in terrorist watch lists, Tories claim
By Duncan Gardham, Security Correspondent
Published: 7:12PM GMT 24 Feb 2010
New terrorist watch lists brought in by the government in the wake of the attempted Detroit bombing are flawed because they only pick up suspects outside of the European Union, the Tories have warned.
Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones, the Shadow Security Minister, accused the government of “knowingly and inexcusably misleading the public” over the system brought in after student Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab failed to blow himself up using a bomb in his underwear on Christmas Day.
In a speech last night (WEDS) at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), Dame Pauline will accuse the government of coming up with quick fixes that do not work.
She will say they have been keeping quiet about European Union rules that have blocked a system to alert police and customs officials to anyone on the new watch lists.
But it has now emerged that the lists, which already have 1.3 million names on them, will not apply to passengers traveling from within the European Union, regardless of their nationality.
The European Commission has told Britain it cannot compulsorily collect advance information on passengers arriving from other European countries.
The process is a key part of the government’s Advance Passenger Information (API) system which is part of their much vaunted e-Borders scheme.