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Why Are There So Many Names On The U.s. Government's Terrorist List?

http://www.aclu.org/technology-and-liberty/terror-watch-list-counter-million-plus

In September 2007, the Inspector General of the Justice Department reported that the Terrorist Screening Center (the FBI-administered organization that consolidates terrorist watch list information in the United States) had over 700,000 names in its database as of April 2007 - and that the list was growing by an average of over 20,000 records per month.1 (See also this new March 2008 report.2 )

By those numbers, the list now has over one million names on it. Terrorist watch lists must be tightly focused on true terrorists who pose a genuine threat. Bloated lists are bad because

1) they ensnare many innocent travelers as suspected terrorists, and

2) because they waste screeners' time and divert their energies from looking for true terrorists.

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There are different lists - some have to be large to capture each and every potential terrorist link to an individual. There are more detailed lists such as the TSDB for which more credible targets can be filtered from the large source.

In these days of multiple threats and long lead time plots, you need to gather as much information as needed and use this information as and when due.

The overly sensitive privacy advocates need to understand that the magnitude of the risks inevitably mean a lot of information needs to be gathered before the most valuable aspects are filtered through.

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becomrich

ogini, watin beaf do you,

have ever see him mixing fertrilizer and akpu to do bomb ?

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I think some people on nairaland should be on the watch list. Beaf should be on the watchlist.

Chucks odili ,

look for the names of nigerian who have been oppose to me, when I say they should break up nigeria to save the lifes of 15,000,000 from civil war should be on the list. , so that we avoid a civil war because of the satellite pictures. All those people can bomb a plane too.

What it tell me about them, is that they do not want peace even if it means to break up the country to have a peaceful solution.

They all should be on the list. USSR was broken up to create for peace.  And go to Russia today thier economy is getting better each day.

So all of them who oppose the break up of nigeria, are likely bombers too. It means they can do anything. I am a free will, who is ready to allow for peace even if it means break up and given the other part oil revenue, but this people should be on the watchlist.  I would list them later. some of them

If you are oppose to the break up of nigeria , your name should be on the watchlist.

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It is public for you to READ for yourself

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US sees every foreigner as a potential terrorist.

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1million people is not justifiable.the criteria used for witch listing should be made public.it appear to me not liking ur facial looks gets u admited into the list.

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DOJ Report: FBI's Terrorist Watchlist Nomination Practices (PDF 5/2009)

http://www.justice.gov/oig/reports/FBI/a0925/final.pdf

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Watch Lists

Small, focused watch lists are better for civil liberties and for security.

Our country's watchlist system is grossly bloated and unfair with over a milllion names -- including many unlikely suspects -- and not effective as a security measure.

To be effective, and to be fair, terrorist watch lists must be tightly focused on true terrorists who pose a genuine threat.

The uncontroversial contention that Osama Bin Laden and a handful of other known terrorists should not be allowed on an aircraft is being used to create a monster that goes far beyond what ordinary Americans think of when they think about a "terrorist watch list." If the government is going to rely on these kinds of lists, they need checks and balances to ensure that innocent people are protected.

Bloated. In May 2009, the Inspector General of the Justice Department found that 35% of the nominations to the lists were outdated, many people were not removed in a timely manner, and tens of thousands of names were placed on the list without predicate. Instead of clogging the system with over a million names, we should significantly pare down the number of people on the list so that potentially dangerous individuals are consistently stopped before they board planes.

Unfair. We can't have terrorist watch lists that affect people's rights without due process -- the right of innocent people to challenge their inclusion through an adversarial proceeding and get off the lists. But no such system has been created. A September 2009 report by the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security found that the process for clearing innocent travelers from the list is a complete mess. The consequences of being mistakenly added to a terror watch list can be more severe than simply missing a plane. Law enforcement routinely run names against the watchlists for matters as mundane as traffic stops, and innocent individuals may be harassed even if they don’t attempt to fly.

Bad for security. Bloated watch lists waste screeners' time and divert their energies from looking for true terrorists. In a report from the Virginia Fusion Center leaked in April 2009, it was revealed that at least 414 encounters between suspected al-Qa’ida members and law enforcement officials were documented in the Commonwealth in 2007. Few believe there are actually more than 400 al-Qa’ida members in Virginia; more likely there were just 400+ false alarms related to bad watch list data -- which wasted innocent Virginians’ time and distracted law enforcement from their mission.

http://www.aclu.org/technology-and-liberty/watch-lists

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