Europe ignoring tracking tools to screen terrorists
A top U.S. counterterrorism official in charge of ensuring terrorists do not make it into the United States said European countries can do more to screen terrorists because they ignore tools the U.S. has offered in the fight against terrorism.It could just be laziness, but I suspect it si liberalism run amok. Europe seems to be run by people who are more concerned with terrorist rights than protecting the people.
"It's concerning that our partners don't use all of our data," said Terrorist Screening Center Director Christopher Piehota in an exclusive interview with CNN. "We provide them with tools. We provide them with support, and I would find it concerning that they don't use these tools to help screen for their own aviation security, maritime security, border screening, visas, things like that for travel."
Europe does not make use of a central terror database and each country has its own terrorist watch list that comes with unique sets of standards for tracking terrorists. Complicating matters even more is that 26 European countries operate inside the "Schengen zone" where there are not routine border checks.
Piehota said the U.S. shares information about potential terrorists in a real-time basis with European countries so potential terrorists can be checked and officials processing migrants are able to pick out people for enhanced screening to make sure they can weed out potential threats.
However, European countries don't consistently and systematically use the U.S. terror watch list even though they could. U.S. counterterrorism officials tell CNN those inconsistencies in data cross-referencing and privacy standards in Europe give terrorists the advantage.