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'A Comedy of Errors': Why It's Time to Get Rid of the So-Called Terrorist Watch List

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posted on Jun, 29 2009 @ 02:51 PM
First of all, the "Terrorist Watch List" has now hit more than 1 million people on the list!, That number alone is just ridiculous and shows how mismanaged this has been how this "Terrorist Watch List" has been a joke from the get-go!

Now it seems that it's easier for these people on this "List" to buy guns and explosives than it is for them to board a plane!!!

'A Comedy of Errors': Why It's Time to Get Rid of the So-Called Terrorist Watch List

If the recent outbreak of right-wing gun violence wasn't alarming enough, this week brought news that people whose names appear on the U.S. government's terrorist watch list have somehow managed to purchase firearms at a frighteningly steady rate.

Just how steady? According to a new report by the Government Accountability Office, folks on the list bought guns 865 times -- in 963 attempts -- over a five-year period. And not just guns -- at least one person purchased more than 50 pounds of explosives.

Scary, right? But don't seek out a Dick Cheney-style bunker just yet. Although some media outlets were quick to announce that "terrorists" can now buy guns more easily than they can board planes,

Well, at least we can keep our fingers crossed that the people that were on "The List" that bought these guns and explosives were actually just on the list by accident!

POLITICS-US: Unwieldy Terror Watchlist Hits a Million

The ACLU says the audit "confirms that the nation’s watchlist system is massively broken."

The audit confirmed estimates that the terror watchlist contains 1.1 million names as of December 2008, and that many of them are out of date.

OIG auditors reviewed 68,669 of those identities and found 24,000 out of date. In a closer inspection of the out of date records, the auditors found a majority of this sample did not belong on a watchlist.
The OIG report documents a widespread failure to scrub the lists by removing names after cases have been closed. For example, one subject stayed on the watchlist for almost five years after the case was resolved; two people on the list were dead. The FBI attempted to place one individual on the watchlist by reclassifying that person as an international terrorist after already having been cleared of wrongdoing by an FBI investigation.
"This IG report reveals just what a comedy of errors the watchlist is," said Chris Calabrese, attorney with the ACLU Technology and Liberty Programme. "But we did not need this report to know there is a problem with the effectiveness of any terrorist watchlist that includes over a million names. It certainly explains why Congressman John Lewis and Senator Edward Kennedy have problems when they try to fly."

And Caroline Fredrickson, director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office, said "Members of Congress, nuns, war heroes and other 'suspicious characters,' with names like Robert Johnson and Gary Smith, have become trapped in the Kafkaesque clutches of this list, with little hope of escape."

"Congress needs to fix it, the Terrorist Screening Centre needs to fix it, or the next president needs to fix it, but it has to be done soon," she said.

The FBI's Terrorist Screening Center, the ones that put the names on and off the "Terrorist Watch List" are just throwing names onto this list, without even having information about WHY they should be on the list!

'A Comedy of Errors': Why It's Time to Get Rid of the So-Called Terrorist Watch List

"So, for example, according to the DOJ, there are some 50,000 names on the TSC list that were just dumped there by the Department of Defense, but no identifying information about why they might be dangerous."

Indeed, the U.S. military's contribution to the terrorist watch list recalls its notoriously flawed process of sweeping up prisoners to send to Guantanamo after 9/11.

So, that just leaves one to ponder how many US citizens have been placed on this "List" with no information as to WHY"!

Here's the ACLU's website with a live "Terrorist Watch List Counter".

At this moment the number is, 1,230,272 on the "Terrorist Watch List"!

Let's just HOPE that the people on this awfully screwed up list that were able to by guns and explosives (but not fly, that would be TOOO dangerous) were wrongly put on this "List"!

Bottom line is our government needs to get their act together and have only known terrorists on this list!

This list should only have KNOWN terrorists on this list!

After all, this isn't a "They MAY BE Terrorist Watch List", it's "The Terrorist Watch List"!

[edit on 6/29/2009 by Keyhole]


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