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U.S. enforcement and intelligence officials said Wednesday that the no-fly list barring passengers with suspected terror ties from boarding planes has already increased in size since the attempted Christmas Day bombing of Northwest Flight 253, and was likely to get much larger.
In the wake of the attempted bombing of Northwest 253, President Obama ordered a review of the country's watchlisting procedures after it was discovered that suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was in a vast terrorism database called the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment (TIDE), but had not been flagged for the no-fly or the larger watchlist by U.S. officials.
In January Congressional testimony, NCTC Director Michael Leiter said that in the years since 9/11, the pendulum had swung away from watchlisting individuals, "The pressure was in the exact opposite direction…to remove and clean up the watchlist and reduce the amount of inconvenience. Now we are going in the other direction."