Are you on a government watch list? I know I am.
According to the article "How to land on a government watch list" you have to be nominated for a place on a list by a government agent. This is why
we shouldn't use our full names on the internet. I imagine facebook's datamining is responsible for the majority of the list's occupants. The
information is probably filtered through some machine looking for keywords in our headlines, comments, and links we post. Certain websites will most
certainly land you on some shady list.
Getting put on the watch list isn't exactly like making prom queen, but it does require a nomination. An agent from the FBI, NSA or other federal
agency nominates you. Then, that nomination moves on to the FBI's Terrorist Review and Examination Unit. If you check out as a known or potential
terrorist, it's on to the Terrorist Screening Center and the watch list.
So how do we know if we are on a gov. list? That same article states:
Well, I found another way to check
The easiest way to find out is to take an airplane trip. It doesn't matter the destination, just try booking a flight and see what happens. The
Transportation Security Administration that oversees air travel in the United States will automatically flag anyone with a name on the TSC's master
list. As a result, when you arrive at the airport, someone will likely pull you aside for an extensive security check and possibly questioning before
permitting you to board.
. Simply apply for a passport if you don't have one already. When I applied for mine it took weeks upon
weeks without me hearing anything from them. I called several times trying to figure out what happened to it to no avail. Eventually I was able to
reach someone who had said my passport was sent to another state for advanced analysis.
The woman on the phone let me know that I was in fact on some government watch-lists
and that they must perform a series of additional
background checks because of this. Unfortunately she would not allow me to know why, but then she went on to say that it would be against policy, and
that she didn't have that information anyway.
How are we supposed to get off a list if we don't even know we are on one in the first place?
Once you think you are either on, or the collateral damage of, a watch list, you need to figure out which one got you.
If you're attempting to shake free of a list you are actually on, it can only be done by the agency that put you on the list in the first place.
DHS may forward your complaint to the Terrorist Screening Center, which runs the master watch list, but the department won't tell you which agency
So we must contact the agency which placed us on it, however, we are not aloud to know which agency placed us on it OR why?
While in Detroit In 2008 my GPS led me too closely to "The bridge to Canada". Traffic was too thick to turn around, and I was forced to go over the
bridge. Although there were places available to turn around, they yelled at me to continue through the first checkpoint. I did not have my passport on
me, I was not planning on leaving the country that day. I asked the person at the first checkpoint if I could just turn around; I explained my GPS led
me there. After calling me cheech for wearing glasses and mocking me by pretending to sound like me "wah wah I just want to turn around" (yes that
really happened) he then gave me a ticket and explained what to say to the next set of security. When I got to the next set they took the ticket and
told me to pull my car into the security area for searches. They removed the cellphones from everyone in the car, and we were detained by DHS. I sat
in a glass box for nearly 4 or 5 hours and was commanded to do several procedures by some DHS grunt with a military sergeant like attitude. The
procedures included lining us up in a single file line, and going down the line asking family history, the spelling of my last name from to back, back
to front. They asked how we knew each other, when we met, why we met, and our intentions. The measured how tall I was, and my license was off 2
inches. They tried to make me confess to creating a fake license which was untrue. Eventually I was let free; free until the US would claim my
citizenship (1 - 2 hours longer). They tore my car apart looking for nonexistent drugs and contraband but that was the least of my worries. At least I
didn't have it as bad as the warehouse full of arabs I had to pass through, who were all being retina scanned and questioned. All of this because
of a wrong turn.
I have absolutely no criminal record.
What lands you on a list? Well it's really hard to say for sure. One "tip" lands you on the list. Some of those "tips" include signing certain
petitions (They like to use Ron Paul's), ordering a vegetarian meal on a flight, and other HARMLESS activities.
I'm not alone when it comes to being on one of these lists. The Terrorist Watch List contained over one million names as of summer 2010, according to
I say we shouldn't fear these lists.
If they tag every American citizen on the list there will be no-one left to be singled out. It is my
opinion that these lists are unconstitutional, but we as Americans don't have a say anymore. The bill of rights is a thing of the past.
How to land on a government watch-list
How to get off a government watch list