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All Eyes on the Watchlist

In a historic repudiation of a cornerstone of the post-9/11 global war on terror, a federal judge ruled that the U.S. government’s secretive terrorism watchlist is unconstitutional. Known as the Terrorist Screening Database, the watchlist included roughly 1.2 million people as of 2017, including about 4,600 U.S. citizens or green card holders, many of whom were subjected to arrests at gunpoint and hourslong interrogations.

The judge’s decision repeatedly cites a secret rulebook published by The Intercept in 2014 that detailed how an individual can be “nominated” to the watchlist as a “known or suspected terrorist” without any evidence that the person is actually a terrorist or has committed any crime.



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Washington (CNN)People on the United States’ terrorist watch list passed background checks and have been allowed to purchase firearms 91% of the time in 2015, updated federal data shows.

9-in-10 on terror watch list who sought guns were approved in 2015

So, they’re not even trying to protect the public. Not trying at all. They don’t even say no to half of them.




Orlando shooter bought rifle, handgun legally – was removed from FBI watchlist

Born in the US to Afghan parents, Mateen was probed by the FBI twice in recent years: In 2013, after his coworkers reported inflammatory statements, and in 2014, after he made a reference to a fellow Floridian who became the first US suicide bomber in Syria.

FBI claims no mistakes:

“I don’t see anything in our work that our agents should have done differently,” Comey said, adding that the FBI has the thankless job of looking for needles in a haystack, while figuring out “what pieces of hay might become needles.”

The idea of a “watchlist” could be useful for flagging terrorism suspects who go out and buy, or try to buy, arsenals of weapons? Isn’t that the kind of thing they might want to remain aware of?




The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept.

The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

Those who trade their liberty for secret black site totalitarian surveillance and monkeying are real douchebags.