Number of Names on Terrorism Suspect Database Jumps to 875,000

By: Friday May 3, 2013 12:30 pm

According to Shakespeare suspicion always haunts the guilty mind. Is it any wonder the American imperial government can’t stop itself from adding names to its enemies list? Torturing people at Gitmo, killing children in Afghanistan, drone strikes throughout the world – the suspicion piles up along with the bodies of innocents. And so Reuters reports the terrorism suspect database now stands at 875,000 names.


Abdulmutallab Sentencing Shows That Civilian Courts Sufficient to Prosecute Terrorism

By: Thursday February 16, 2012 5:38 pm

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the “underwear bomber” who attempted to blow up a Northwest Airlines plane on Christmas Eve 2009, will receive a life sentence in Detroit, the conclusion of a trial that ended abruptly with a guilty plea.

What Goes into Watchlisting?

By: Friday February 4, 2011 7:00 am

A bunch of national security journalists are tracking down the three Qataris — described as a potential fifth 9/11 cell — described in this WikiLeaks cable and first reported by the Telegraph. I wanted to do the reverse of what they’re doing — to use their reporting to see how someone gets on a terrorist watchlist.

One Tip Can Get You on the Terrorist Watch List

By: Wednesday December 29, 2010 5:20 pm

The terrorist watch list has been beset with problems ever since it came into existence. Ted Kennedy showed up on the No Fly List, a cousin to the terrorist watch list, back in 2004. 8 year-olds can’t get themselves off it. Clearly, the smaller and more focused a watch list, the better for national security as well as civil liberties.

So of course, in reaction to the failure to track Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab last year, the federal government has gone in the opposite direction. Instead of double-checking the watch list and making sure resources were focused on legitimate threats, they made it comically easy to get placed on the watch list.

TSA Administrator Pistole: No New Procedures for Screening for the Moment

By: Wednesday November 24, 2010 6:06 am

John Pistole, the TSA Administrator, spoke to reporters on a conference call late yesterday, and confirmed that in general, no changes to airport security procedures have been instituted since the outcry over the Rapiscan full-body scanning machine and the aggressive pat-downs. He did say, however, that some of the complaints he’s heard about the pat-downs in the media describe practices that would fall outside the guidelines given by TSA, and that passengers who filed complaints could have cases to make against TSA screeners if they engaged in practices that conflicted with standard operating protocols.

White House: Only 170,000 People Have Had Genitalia Groped by Complete Stranger in Last Week

By: Monday November 22, 2010 6:30 pm

The White House has started a pushback campaign on gate rape that is reminiscent of “Recovery Summer” or “Mission Accomplished” for its credibility.

It consists of a number of things, in addition to the inevitable army of talking-point-people using the word “enhanced” the same way Cheney did.

The UndieBomber Hearing: Civilian and Civil

By: Thursday October 14, 2010 1:35 pm

Another day, another uneventful civilian hearing for an accused terrorist, yet more proof that the civilian courts can handle terrorist cases.

Eight Months after Putting Anwar al-Awlaki on Kill List, DOJ Considers Charges

By: Tuesday September 14, 2010 7:10 am

Back in January, Dana Priest first revealed that Anwar al-Awlaki was on a JSOC kill list and was being considered for a CIA kill list. Now, eight months later, DOJ is considering charging him.

In First Act as DNI, James Clapper Adds to Redundancy Competitive Analysis

By: Friday August 20, 2010 3:15 pm

When James Clapper testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee, he rejected one of the central criticisms in the WaPo’s Top Secret America series–that the redundancy in the Intelligence Community contributed to waste and intelligence failures.

Perhaps it should come as no surprise, then, that his first act as DNI is to add to the redundancy.

The Real “Top Secret” Story: Obama Fails to Tackle Unwieldy, Opaque National Intelligence Structure

By: Monday July 19, 2010 7:45 am

Every single one of the issues that has led to tomorrow’s confirmation hearing is an issue that goes to the heart of the problems identified in the WaPo piece: the ongoing lack of real value-added analysis to make sense of all the intelligence collected, the opacity and potential waste and fraud of the entire IIC, and the turf battles that contribute to that waste.

So while I’m grateful that this story (and more importantly, the issues behind the story, since the content of today’s installment has largely already been reported by Tim Shorrock) is getting as much attention as it is, I’m aghast that the WaPo didn’t try to contextualize it by framing the issues in it in terms of Clapper’s nomination to be DNI.

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