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The Terror Watch List Is Worse Than Worthless

Posted by MEC on July 14, 2008

Every time Jim Robinson travels by air, he has to convince the TSA that he’s not a terrorist, just because the name “Jim Robinson” is on the ever-growing “watch list” that the government insists will keep us safe from terrorist attacks.

What makes Mr. Robinson’s ordeal particularly absurd — and appalling — is that he has a top-secret security clearance. He was Assistant Attorney General in the Clinton Administration.

It’s possible that someone who passed the vetting process for such an important position is now a terrorist. But it’s even less probable than my becoming Ralph Nader’s running mate.

For every high-profile individual who is inconvenienced because of the watch list, there are thousands of people who are abused because of it. For example:

Chicago-area computer consultant Akif Rahman, who was born in Springfield, Ill., said he has been detained at least seven times after traveling abroad. During one such incident in May, he said, he was held for five hours, shackled to a chair and kicked by a Customs Service agent after being stopped at a U.S. checkpoint on the Canadian border.

The watch list doesn’t make us safer: it makes us afraid. It’s not about national security, it’s about the Bush government’s nearly unchecked ability to abuse its power to keep us afraid and docile.

It’s a distraction from real efforts to prevent terrorist acts, and it’s a threat to our democracy. Getting rid of it needs to be high on the agenda of the next president and Congress.

7 Responses to “The Terror Watch List Is Worse Than Worthless”

  1. Charles II said

    The one consolation is reflecting on the annoyance experienced by the owner of Free Republic.

  2. joel hanes said

    The watch list doesn’t make us safer: it makes us afraid.

    The same could be said about almost every one of the Bush 43 Administrations GWOT responses — most especially TSA.

  3. The one consolation is reflecting on the annoyance experienced by the owner of Free Republic.

    I was just thinking that, Charles. I’ll bet nothing could turn him into a raving Socialist faster than a 48-hour stay in a TSA cell.

  4. jo6pac said

    He worked for Clinton, of course he’s a bad guy.
    jo6pac

  5. Rab said

    Want to stop terrorism use common sense. GET THE MUSLIMS THE HELL OUT OF AMERICA

  6. So Eric Rudolph and Timothy McVeigh are Muslims?

    Thanks for playing, racist schmuck!

  7. Stormcrow said

    Racism isn’t the worst of his problems, though it’s probably up there in the “Rab Top 10 Parade of Hits”.

    He’s also dumb as a box of rocks. No, make that “dumb as Quinctilius Varus”. Who was another pathetic loser who couldn’t find his ass with a flashlight and a topographic map.

    Hopefully, lives will never have to hang on Rab’s grasp of security.

    Disasters like Teutoburgerwald can get costly.

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