We’re all under suspicion, ACLU warns of terror-watch list inflation
The American Civil Liberties Union is warning today that by July there could be as many as one million names in terrorist watch-list databases maintained by the federal government, with many of the names those of innocent people who get repeatedly hassled by additional security scrutiny…
[ ]…“At the current rate of growth, the U.S. watch lists will contain a million records by July. If there were a million terrorists in this country, our cities would be in ruins,” said Barry Steinhardt, director of the ACLU’s Technology and Liberty Program. “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.”
Terror list inflation isn’t a new phenomenon, remember this report from 2006, Come One, Come All, Join the Terror Target List
It reads like a tally of terrorist targets that a child might have written: Old MacDonald’s Petting Zoo, the Amish Country Popcorn factory, the Mule Day Parade, the Sweetwater Flea Market and an unspecified “Beach at End of a Street.”
The first excerpt from the Baltimore Sun had the nauseatingly predictable response from one of the last 25% of Americans who still support Bush , that any objection to the governments overzealousness and probable incompetence the same thing as being pro terrorist, pro getting Americans killed, etc. The idea of the government putting a million Americans on a list of suspected terrorists doesn’t phase the security first, Constitutional democracy be damned crowd one bit. How sad and pathetic that so many Americans cannot put the threats that the nation faces in some perspective. Democracy itself and all the freedoms and guarantees of due process and protections against government excess have become the enemy according to Bush and his supporters on the Right. Safety has become the new Liberty Bell, the new Bill of Rights; liberty and any checks on government power are plots by liberals to delver the entire country into the hands of radicals that will surely take away our Sports Illustrated Swimsuit calendars and make us all wear burkas. Even if the threat of terrorism that originated outside the U.S. was completely halted tomorrow we’d still be facing domestic terrorists. To credit Bush with preventing any terror attacks since 9-11 is partisan and delusional brown nosing at its worse and ultimately not true. We’ve had terror attacks since 9-11, but since they were home grown and in many cases members of the Right they’re not counted, The Terrorists Who Aren’t in the News
After 9/11, Planned Parenthood and other abortion rights groups received 554 envelopes containing white powder and messages like: “You have been exposed to anthrax. … We are going to kill all of you.” They were signed by the Army of God, a group that hosts Scripture-filled web pages for “Anti-Abortion Heroes of the Faith,” including minister Paul Hill, Michael Griffin and James Kopp, all convicted of murdering abortion providers, and a convicted clinic bomber, the Rev. Michael Bray. Another of their “martyrs,” Clayton Waagner, mailed anthrax letters while a fugitive on the FBI’s 10 most wanted list for anti-abortion related crimes.
Van Crocker, a farmhand from McKenzie, Miss., was arrested in 2004 after the FBI agent, posing as an employee of the Pine Bluff Arsenal in Arkansas, gave him a water-filled Sarin gas canister and a small quantity of C-4 plastic explosives.
Sarin, a nerve gas, is considered one of the world’s deadliest chemical agents.
The jury heard several hours of the secretly recorded tapes, in which Crocker used racial slurs besides making terroristic threats against the government.
McCain’s election strategy is becoming clearer. Its the one he borrowed from George and Dick, elect him or you’re with al-Qaeda , Clash on Iraq Could Be McCain-Obama Preview
Speaking to 7,000 voters at Ohio State University on Wednesday, Obama answered McCain’s mocking tone with his own.
“McCain thought that he could make a clever point by saying, ‘Well let me give you some news, Barack, al-Qaeda is in Iraq.’ Like I wasn’t reading the papers, like I didn’t know what was going on. I said, ‘Well, first of all, I do know that al-Qaeda is in Iraq; that’s why I’ve said we should continue to strike al-Qaeda targets.
“I have some news for John McCain, and that is that there was no such thing as al-Qaeda in Iraq until George Bush and John McCain decided to invade Iraq.” The crowd roared its approval. “I’ve got some news for John McCain. He took us into a war along with George Bush that should have never been authorized and should have never been waged. They took their eye off the people who were responsible for 9/11, and that would be al-Qaeda in Afghanistan that is stronger now than at any time since 2001.
“So John McCain may like to say he wants to follow Osama bin Laden to the gates of hell, but so far all he’s done is follow George Bush into a misguided war in Iraq that’s cost us thousands of lives and billions of dollars.”
It’s a circular shaft. Bush invades Iraq lets al-Qaeda in, has not sealed Iraq’s borders in the interval so foreign fighters keep coming in from Saudi Arabia and North Africa and we must stay there until….well according to McCain, a hundred years. So McCain plans to continue the Bush policy of making Iraq the number one recruiting tool and training camp for the next several generations of terrorists. Instead of ever-lasting-gumdrops we have the ever lasting self perpetuating war.
Mr. Salt: [as the squirrels take Veruca] Where are they taking her?
Willy Wonka: Where all the other bad nuts go to, to the garbage chute.
Mr. Salt: Where does the chute go?
Willy Wonka: …To the incinerator. But don’t worry, we only light it on tuesdays.
Mike Teavee: Today IS Tuesday.
Willy Wonka: [after a pause] Well, there’s always a chance they decided not to light it today…
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)