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MountainLaurel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-14-06 01:13 PM
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Education Department assisted FBI in terror search
Edited on Thu Sep-14-06 01:16 PM by MountainLaurel

A little-known federal program created days after Sept. 11, 2001, examined financial aid records of college students targeted by the FBI in terrorism investigations, but it's unclear whether it netted any terrorists, according to U.S. Education Department documents.

The program, called Project Strike Back, was a joint project of the department and the FBI and was created 10 days after the terrorist attacks, according to the documents from the department's Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

The documents were released to USA TODAY through Freedom of Information Act requests. They were also obtained by a Medill School of Journalism reporter working with the Associated Press.

About 14 million students apply for federal financial aid for college each year, the Education Department says. FBI spokeswoman Catherine Milhoan said the FBI gave the OIG "a small, select list of a couple of hundred names associated with ongoing investigations."

Among the kickers to this tale, it was a journalism school STUDENT who broke this story. Where was the mainstream media?

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