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Audit Finds 'Significant Deficiencies' in Witness Protection Program

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- As far back as the first World Trade Center bombing two decades ago, authorities have hidden cooperative witnesses in terror cases -- even those who were terrorists themselves.

But a U.S. Justice Department audit finds "significant deficiencies" that allowed terrorists in the witness protection program to get on planes, when their real identities were on the no-fly list.  

The audit finds that the government even at one point lost track of two terror suspects who were in the witness protection program.

The Justice Department insists that that flaw has been corrected, and stresses everyone in the program has first been helpful, and then thoroughly vetted.

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