Thursday, February 28, 2008

ACLU estimates over 1,000,000 names on terrorist watch list soon

From the Baltimore Sun:

The American Civil Liberties Union is warning today that by July there could be as many as one million names in terrorist watch-list databases maintained by the federal government, with many of the names those of innocent people who get repeatedly hassled by additional security scrutiny when they attempt to fly.


"At the current rate of growth, the U.S. watch lists will contain a million records by July. If there were a million terrorists in this country, our cities would be in ruins," said Barry Steinhardt, director of the ACLU’s Technology and Liberty Program. "The absurd bloating of the terrorist watch lists is yet another example of how incompetence by our security apparatus threatens our rights without offering any real security."

WIRED magazine's post had some follow-up action in the comments from someone associated with the list at DHS plus a more complete explanation of how the list is used. It's worth taking the time to read their complete post.

They promised a follow-up article in a few days.


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