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    UK immigration officer fired after putting wife on list of terrorists

    We’ve talked before about insiders abusing or misusing their access privileges to violate people’s rights, but I think this case in Britain involving terrorist watchlists is the worst I’ve seen:

    An immigration officer tried to rid himself of his wife by adding her name to a list of terrorist suspects.

    He used his access to security databases to include his wife on a watch list of people banned from boarding flights into Britain because their presence in the country is ‘not conducive to the public good’. […]

    The tampering went undetected until the immigration officer was selected for promotion and his wife name was found on the suspects’ list during a vetting inquiry.

    The Home Office confirmed today that the officer has been sacked for gross misconduct.

    The incident is likely to raise new questions over levels of efficiency in the UK Border Agency, the organisation formed nearly three years ago by then Home Secretary Jacqui Smith to take over all immigration controls. […]

    The officer in the latest incident to come to light was employed by a unit maintaining watch lists.

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