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Thursday, February 28, 2008

1 million on no fly list by summer

you have GOT to be f****** KIDDING me...!
More than 900,000 people are currently listed as suspected terrorists on the US government's "do not fly" list, and that number will grow to beyond 1 million by summer, says the American Civil Liberties Union.

"If there were a million terrorists in this country, our cities would be in ruins," Barry Steinhardt, director of the ACLU's Technology and Liberty Program, stated in a press release from the group. "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."

The ACLU has launched a new Web site to track the growth of the watch list, which it says includes thousands of innocent Americans, including prominent politicians and authors as well as people with common names.

The group says its count is "extrapolated from a September 2007 report by the Inspector General of the Department of Justice, which reported that the Terrorist Screening Center 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." As of Wednesday afternoon, the ACLU said there were about 917,500 names on the list.

once again, i take serious issue with the accusation of incompetence... read my lips, THERE IS NO INCOMPETENCE OPERATING HERE... this is a deliberate, conscious and completely purposeful effort, carefully crafted to instill fear in the population... as the list grows, you can be sure that someone you know - or you yourself - will be put on it, and won't even know until it's time to travel... as much traveling as i do, i already wonder if the next time i go to the airport will be the time i'm turned back... that little episode two years ago june of having my electronics seized at customs and not returned for three weeks, i can assure you, has left an indelible mark...

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