Nearly 40% Of Those On The Government’s Terrorist Watchlist Have ‘No Affiliation With Recognized Terrorism Groups’

Another leak has surfaced at The Intercept, notably a non-Snowden leak (“obtained from a source in the intelligence community”) that shows the utter ridiculousness of the government’s terrorist watchlist. Nothing states it better than the universal shrug judiciously applied to the 280,000 people that make up the largest portion of the chart.

The culmination of post-9/11 policies and the steady erosion of civil liberties in the service of “fighting terrorism” has opened up nearly 300,000 people to additional scrutiny because ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ .

The list has increased 10-fold during Obama’s stay in office, growing from 47,000 at the end of Bush’s term to 680,000, 40% of whom the government is sure represent some sort of a threat, even if it can’t quantify that in any specific way.

Link (Techdirt)

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