Member Rara Avis
Reported yesterday on salon.com:
The Transportation Security Administration, a federal agency, has recently reported that it has 1,000 names on a "Threats to Aviation" list. These lists are compiled from the FBI, CIA and other federal organizations. Anyone on this list is not allowed to fly.
However, a second list may be involved, where people may fly, but first they are detained for questioning by local police, undergo strip searches and have their luggage sifted through. Left-leaning organizations such as Greenpeace, Amnesty International and the Green Party are on this list, with no discernible way of getting off.
Item two, reported in the Wall Street Journal:
Following September 11th, the FBI hastily assembled watch lists of thousands of citizens. Somehow, this list has leaked out to the public, can be found on unregulated websites, and are being bought by corporations and other agencies for use in background checks. Mistakes are rife on this list, and there seems to be no way of getting off it.
"We have now lost control of that list," said Art Cummings, head of the strategic analysis and warning section of the FBI's counterterrorism division, to the Wall Street Journal. "We shouldn't have had those problems."
Welcome to America, care of George Bush.