At Least 24,000 People Incorrectly Kept on Terrorist Watch List

Thursday, May 7, 2009


The FBI has incorrectly kept nearly 24,000 people on a terrorist watch list — including the author of a book on Karl Rove, based on outdated or sometimes irrelevant information, while missing people with genuine ties to terrorism who should have been on the list, according to a Justice Department report released Wednesday.

By the beginning of 2009, the report said, the consolidated government watch list comprised about 400,000 people, recorded as 1.1 million names and aliases, an exponential growth from the days before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The list has long been a target of public criticism, particularly afte publicized errors in which politicians including Sen. Ted Kennedy and Rep. John Lewis showed up on it. People with names similar to actual terrorists have complained that it can take months to be removed from the list. Civil liberties advocates charge that antiwar protesters, Muslim activists and critics of the Bush administration have been listed for political reasons.

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5 Responses to At Least 24,000 People Incorrectly Kept on Terrorist Watch List

  1. Prairiedog says:

    I heard someone on Keith’s program say the FBI had put most of the members list from on their terrorist watch list too.

    This list which is really an enemy’s list assembled by the people who worked for George Bush, would be funny were it not illegal and counterproductive.

    Assuming for the sake of argument there are really bad people out there who want to harm us, why hasn’t the FBI focused on them instead?

  2. libhomo says:

    Prairiedog: You are absolutely correct. It is a Nixon style enemies list.

  3. Big Hank says:

    I just assume my name is on their list.

    In fact, I would be disappointed if it isn’t. I hated the previous administration and made to bones about it to everyone I came in contact with.

  4. bradfrmphnx says:

    Reminds me of ‘ol Joe McCarthy and his McCarthyism back in the day. Just about all of those folks were not communists nor pro-communist sympathisers.

  5. libhomo says:

    bradfrmphnx: The irony is that there were over 1 million communists in the US at the time of McCarthy. Almost none of them got caught up in the witch hunts. It wasn’t until Khrushchev revealed what the Soviet Union was really like that communism lost its appeal among most party members.

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