Union Government and United States signed the Memorandum of Understanding for Exchange of information on terror
- Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi
- US Ambassador to India – Richard Verma
Purpose: Exchange of intelligence on terror on a real time basis that include biographic information of known and suspected terrorists.
Features of the Pact:
- Both nations access to terrorism screening information through the designated authorities subject to laws and regulations
- Improve the counter terrorism cooperation between India and the United States.
About Terrorist Screening Center:
- A multi-agency organisation administered by FBI
- Amalgamates several terrorist watch lists maintained by different US government agencies into single terrorist database on terror suspects
- The database includes the names of the terror suspects, nationality, date of birth, photos, finger prints (if any) and passport number
- Inking of the pact, India has officially entered into the US Homeland Security Presidential Directive-6 (HSPD-6)
- It will enable it to access ‘unclassified biographic information of known and suspected terrorists’ maintained by the US on a reciprocal basis.
About Federal Bureau of Investigation:
Domestic intelligence and security service of the United States
♦ Director: James Comey
♦ Headquarters: Washington, D.C., United States
♦ Founded: July 26, 1908