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Justice Dept. lost track of 2 ex-terrorists, report says

Some in witness protection were allowed to fly

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department briefly lost track of two former terrorists participating in its witness protection program and until recently did not disclose the fictitious identities it had created for terrorism-linked witnesses to the agency that generates watch lists, allowing some who were on the no-fly list to take flights under their new names, a new report disclosed.

A public summary of the classified report, issued Thursday by the office of the Justice Department’s independent inspector general, Michael Horowitz, revealed that the internal watchdog had raised alarms with senior department officials in early 2012 about how the witness protection program was dealing with terrorism-related witnesses, leading to an overhaul of its procedures.

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