The U.S. terrorist watch list now has more than one million names on it, according the ACLU. Just don’t look too hard at who’s on it — you might find a few dead folks, the odd Nobel Peace prize winner, and maybe even yourself. At this rate, everybody’s a terrorist until proven otherwise! If in doubt, go ask The New Yorker about it.
A watch list of suspected and known terrorists, compiled by the US authorities, has ballooned and contains more than one million names, the American Civil Liberties Union said Monday.
The ACLU said it derived that figure from a Justice Department report on the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center, which consolidates terrorist watch list information.
The 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,” according to a report by the Justice Department Inspector General, the rights group said.
“By those numbers, the list now has over one million names on it,” the ACLU said in a statement.
Among those on the watch list are deceased people, such as former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein who was hanged in 2005, decorated war veterans, and US Senator Ted Kennedy, the ACLU said.
Nobel Peace Prize winner, former South African president Nelson Mandela, was also on the list until an act of Congress removed his name — the only way, according to the ACLU, to get off the list.