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  • Half Of All People On [Obama’s] Government Terrorist Watchlist Have No Terrorist Connections

    08/05/2014 1:02:18 PM PDT · by HammerT · 31 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 08/05/2014 | Giuseppe Macri
    Classified documents leaked from the National Counterterrorism Center and published Wednesday reveal almost half of the nearly 700,000 terrorist suspects included on the government’s terrorist watchlist have no connection to known terrorists. According to the documents obtained by The Intercept, out of the 680,000 people included on the list, 280,000 have ”no recognized terrorist group affiliation,” making it the largest category of any other on the list of ”known or suspected terrorists.” The next-largest specific terrorist organization on the list is al-Qaida in Iraq, with only 73,189 people. (RELATED: Newly Released Document Reveals How The US Government Defines A Terrorist)...
  • FBI becomes the 'watchers-in-chief'

    01/21/2014 1:58:28 PM PST · by Steve Peacock · 4 replies
    WND ^ | Jan. 20, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    Documents reveal demand for 116 more workers to review, investigate 'suspects'The number of people identified by the Obama administration as potential terrorists surged in the past two years, and the FBI now is preparing for another spike as it plans to intensify its scrutiny of foreign visitors and U.S. citizens, WND has discovered. The federal government will hire up to 116 full-time private-contractor personnel to help amass and screen data on persons whose movements or activities are brought to the attention of the Terrorist Screening Center, an FBI-administered interagency unit... TSC lacks authority to independently collect personal data or communications....
  • Boston Suspects’ Mom Was Also in Terror Database, Sources Tell AP

    04/26/2013 12:26:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Blaze / The Associated Press ^ | April 26, 2013 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    The mother of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was added to a federal terrorism database about 18 months before the attack, government officials said Thursday. Two government officials said the CIA had Zubeidat Tsarnaeva’s name listed along with that of her son Tamerlan Tsarnaev after Russia contacted the agency in 2011 with concerns that the two were religious militants about to travel to Russia. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the case. Being in the classified TIDE database does not automatically mean a person is suspected by the U.S. of...
  • Officials: bombers' mother was also on terror watchlist

    04/26/2013 11:01:09 AM PDT · by GlockThe Vote · 92 replies
    AP ^ | 4/27/2013 | Staff
    <p>BOSTON (AP) - The mother of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects had been added to a federal terrorism database about 18 months before the attack, government officials said Thursday.</p>
  • CIA pushed to add Boston bomber to terror watch list

    04/24/2013 10:50:29 PM PDT · by Arthurio · 14 replies
    The CIA pushed to have one of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers placed on a U.S. counterterrorism watch list more than a year before the attacks, U.S. officials said Wednesday. Russian authorities contacted the CIA in the fall of 2011 and raised concerns that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed last week in a confrontation with police, was seen as an increasingly radical Islamist who could be planning to travel overseas.

    04/24/2013 2:21:31 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 119 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 4/24/2013 | Mytheos Holt [Free Republic credited]
    Photos of a visit Michelle Obama is alleged to have had with Abdul Rahman Alharbi — the Saudi national previously considered to be “person of interest,” “armed and dangerous,” and worthy of inclusion on a watch list — may have appeared on a Facebook page associated with an English language school in Boston or students who share a common bond of going to English schools in the area. The above photo montage, which was posted at FreeRepublic today, originally appears on the Facebook page for “EC Boston Saudi’s.” EC Boston most likely refers to the EC Boston English Language School....
  • Boston bomb suspect's name was on classified government watch lists

    04/24/2013 12:18:25 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | WASHINGTON | Wed Apr 24, 2013 12:56am EDT | Mark Hosenball
    (Reuters) - The name of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was listed on the U.S. government's highly classified central database of people it views as potential terrorists. But the list is so vast that this did not mean authorities automatically kept close tabs on him, sources close to the bombing investigation said on Tuesday. Tsarnaev, 26, was killed in a police shootout early Friday, while his younger brother Dzhokhar, 19, was captured later that day. Prosecutors say the brothers, ethnic Chechens who had been living in the United States for more than a decade, planted two...
  • Picture of Michelle visiting Saudi that is on terrorist list

    04/23/2013 7:56:36 PM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 256 replies
  • Big Sis Monitoring Your Tweets/FB Posts When You Use Words on DHS Watchlist

    03/07/2012 2:39:05 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 18 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | March 7, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Hot words/terms on the Department of Homeland Security  online social media watch-list can get you monitored... According to a DHS document, the snoopy agency is maintaining an arm-long list of what they call 'Items Of Interest', categorized by subject, i.e. 'Domestic Security', 'Southwest Border Violence', etc. These are the specific words/terms contractors have been hired to monitor online, abbreviated to 'I.O.I' by the DHS. And while you might expect them to keep an eye on those posting more than a passing mention of terms like 'Al Qaida', 'weapons cache', 'jihad', 'massacre', according to the DHS order far more mundane/widely-utilized words can also...
  • Gun control groups press Adams on terror vote (FL)

    05/14/2011 4:37:55 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 13 May, 2011 | NA
    WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Sandy Adams of Orlando is taking heat from gun control advocates for voting against a measure that would bar those on the FBI’s terrorist watch list from purchasing firearms. On Thursday, she and other Republicans on the House Judiciary committee killed a proposal that would give authority to the U.S. Attorney General to stop someone from buying weapons if the suspect “has engaged in, or is suspected of engaging in, terrorism” according to the measure’s author, U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Illinois. The amendment — which was to be attached to a larger bill to extend certain...
  • Pentagon says it hosted radical cleric after 9/11 (Now on kill/capture list!)

    10/21/2010 2:02:04 PM PDT · by SERKIT · 2 replies
    AJC ^ | 10/21/2010 | AP
    Both this article and WLS-AM radio reporting that a "moderate" Muslim cleric was invited to the Pentagon on the heels of 9/11. He is now, per WLS-AM on the kill/capture list. Is there such thing as a "moderate Muslim cleric"? Taqiyya is alive and well, and present at the Pentagon.
  • DHS performs 100 percent watchlist matching for domestic flights

    06/14/2010 5:38:54 PM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies · 173+ views ^ | June 7, 2010 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: DHS performs 100 percent watchlist matching for domestic flights Washington, D.C.—Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced that 100 percent of passengers traveling within the United States and its territories are now being checked against terrorist watchlists through the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) Secure Flight program—a major step in fulfilling a key 9/11 Commission recommendation. Before Secure Flight, airlines conducted passenger watchlist checking. “Secure Flight fulfills a key recommendation of the of the 9/11 Commission Report, enabling TSA to screen passengers directly against government watchlists using passenger name, date of...
  • Pakistani Man Found with Explosives on Hands at U.S. Embassy in Chile

    05/11/2010 4:13:11 PM PDT · by pissant · 16 replies · 404+ views
    ABC ^ | 5/11/10 | Pierre Thomas
    A Pakistani man was detained at the U.S. Embassy in Chile yesterday after field tests detected explosive residue on his hands and personal items, the State Department said today. A U.S. official tells ABC News the man had been recently added to a U.S. terror watch list, and as a result his U.S. visa was in the process of being revoked. In accordance with U.S. law, the man had been notified of the intention to revoke his U.S. visa and he was at the embassy to discuss the matter.
  • Congressional Inquiry: How Did Shahzad Become U.S. Citizen?

    05/06/2010 2:46:26 PM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 32 replies · 1,120+ views
    CBS News ^ | 6 May 2010 | Laura Strickler
    CBS News has learned that Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) is launching an inquiry into how Faisal Shahzad became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2009 despite multiple law enforcement investigations into his background over the last 10 years. Grassley sent Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano a letter today asking for the "Alien" file for Shahzad and his family members and for everyone who has been a reference or a sponsor for the terror suspect. An Alien or "A" file includes visa and travel history, financial and personal information as well as any derogatory information from law enforcement. Grassley wants...
  • TSA to Clear 10,000 Workers for Access to Classified Intelligence

    02/12/2010 8:15:51 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 39 replies · 908+ views
    fox news ^ | 2-12-10 | fox
    The Transportation Security Administration plans to clear 10,000 workers for access to secret intelligence, Fox News has learned.
  • What the US knew about Al-Qaeda plot

    01/10/2010 11:38:34 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 739+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 1/10/10 | Dan De Luce
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – US spy agencies in recent months picked up clues pointing to an Al-Qaeda attack out of Yemen and were moving to disrupt it, but a crucial piece of information fell through the cracks. Intelligence officials describe a trail of warning signs for the botched Christmas Day attack on a US-bound airliner dating back to August, when the National Security Agency reportedly intercepted chatter among Al-Qaeda operatives in Yemen. The NSA, which runs an elaborate global eavesdropping operation, heard conversations from Al-Qaeda figures describing a plot to recruit a Nigerian man for a terrorist attack, the New York...
  • Did State Department Issue Visa to Pantibomber?

    01/08/2010 12:51:31 PM PST · by hockeyfan · 30 replies · 1,384+ views
    The Politico ^ | January 7, 2010 | Josh Gerstein
    /snip/It's just a typo, and in fact, the DNI fixed it on its webpage shortly after sending reporters the statement. But it's an awkward slip-up on the same day the White House admitted that a typo prevented the State Department from realizing it had granted a visa to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. (Someone spelled his name wrong during a search.)
  • Bedford Co. deputy stops man on terror watch list(Virginia)

    01/07/2010 5:06:32 PM PST · by winoneforthegipper · 11 replies · 762+ views
    WSLS10 ^ | 1/7/09
    Bedford County Deputy Jeff Quarles stopped a tractor trailer on 501 between Big Island and Coleman Falls in October. During the routine safety inspection, Quarles ran the driver’s information and discovered the man is on a terrorist watch list. Quarles could not arrest the man because he hadn’t broken any laws. Quarles was able to collect information the FBI can use to track the driver.
  • Obama's Pick to Head Watch-List Review Shows Conflict of Interest, Ideological Problems

    01/01/2010 10:54:34 AM PST · by Suvroc10 · 11 replies · 1,040+ views
    Associated Content (AC) ^ | Jan. 1, 2010 | Marc Schenker
    There's a massive conflict of interest -- along with ideological problems -- in Barack Obama's questionable pick to head the review of the failing watch-list "system" that carelessly allowed terrorist Abdulmutallab to get on board the flight to Detroit to try and blow it up. The questionable pick is one John Brennan, and here are his two biggest flaws as they relate to his ability to be able to conduct a competent and ethical review of the watch-list "system."
  • WH official leading watchlist review had watchlist responsibilities, contracts

    12/30/2009 10:01:45 PM PST · by MamaDearest · 5 replies · 397+ views ^ | December 30, 2009 | Laura Rozen
    The White House is standing by Obama's pick to conduct his watchlist review, White House counterterrorism advisor John Brennan, though he served as interim director of one intel agency under review, and more recently, served as president and CEO of a company on contract with the NCTC to do watchlisting, POLITICO's Carol E. Lee and I report in a story today: President Barack Obama promised a “thorough review” of the government’s terrorist watch-list system after a Nigerian man reported to US government officials by his father to have radicalized and gone missing last month was allowed to board a Northwest...
  • Detroit Bomber Failure: His Dad Tried to Warn U.S. Authorities

    12/27/2009 10:01:16 AM PST · by AJKauf · 10 replies · 384+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | Dec. 27 | Annie Jacoben
    After Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab was arrested and placed in U.S. custody in Detroit, he told authorities that his explosive device was made of powdered explosives and had been taped to his leg. He said he ignited the IED by injecting a syringe filled with chemicals into the powdered mixture. But eyewitness Jasper Schuringa contradicted that report by stating that the man had an explosive device in his lap. Rep. Peter King, the senior Republican on the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee, said the IED was “fairly sophisticated” and that the device “appears to be different from what we’ve...
  • Terror Suspect Wasn't Considered Threat (Despite Reported On By His Father As Being A Threat)

    12/27/2009 9:11:02 AM PST · by tobyhill · 23 replies · 682+ views
    Fox News ^ | 12/27/2009 | Fox News
    Despite mounting evidence of a sophisticated international plot to bring down a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day, the man charged in the thwarted attack — who was on U.S. officials' radar for years — was never considered a sufficient threat to keep from flying. The alleged Christmas Day terrorist had been in one of the U.S. government's largest terror databases since November, when his father brought him to the attention of embassy officials in Nigeria. But Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab came to the attention of intelligence officials months before that, according to a U.S. government official involved in the investigation. The...
  • Terror Suspect Wasn't Considered Threat

    12/27/2009 8:11:49 AM PST · by EagleUSA · 18 replies · 625+ views
    Fox News ^ | 12/27/2009 | Catherine Herridge/AP
    Despite mounting evidence of a sophisticated international plot to bring down a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day, the man charged in the thwarted attack — who was on U.S. officials' radar for years — was never considered a sufficient threat to keep from flying. The alleged Christmas Day terrorist had been in one of the U.S. government's largest terror databases since November, when his father brought him to the attention of embassy officials in Nigeria. But Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab came to the attention of intelligence officials months before that, according to a U.S. government official involved in the investigation. The...
  • Bomber was on U.S. watch list

    12/27/2009 6:15:32 AM PST · by RobinMasters · 28 replies · 869+ views
    NY Post ^ | December 26, 2009 | ANGELA MONTEFINISE
    US authorities have known for months that the al Qaeda-linked Nigerian who tried to blow up a passenger jet before it landed in Detroit had terrorist ties -- and his own father even alerted them to his extremist behavior, it was revealed yesterday. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, who was charged in federal court with attempting to destroy Northwest Flight 253 on Christmas Day, remained hospitalized with burns suffered in the failed attempt. He was read the charges at a hearing, where he appeared smiling in a medical gown and a wheelchair. Several key details came to light yesterday: * Al...
  • (Vanity) Comment on Northwest Airlines 253 self-igniter (father tried to warn the U.S. about him)

    12/26/2009 9:50:36 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 9 replies · 656+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 12-26-2009 | grey_whiskers
    sarc/ Imagine being at DHS or the US State Department and receiving a letter like this: ATTENTION: Dear Sir/Madam in United States Department of Homeland Security, Allow me to introduce myself. I am Dr. Umaru Abdul Mutallab. I am the retired chairman of the First Bank of Nigeria. I have the courage to Crave indulgence for this important warning believing that you will never let me down or those travelers in your great country, especially to the City of Detroit, either now or in the future. I am concerned very much over the welfare of my beloved son Mr.Abdul Farouk...
  • Why was Abdulmutallab flying?

    12/26/2009 8:07:12 PM PST · by lasereye · 16 replies · 821+ views
    Powerlineblog ^ | 12/26/09 | John Hinderaker
    We now know that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (spellings vary; all are phonetically derived from the Arabic) has been on a U.S. government list of persons with known or suspected ties to terrorist organizations for at least the past two years. This apparently has led the oh-so-cerebral Obama administration to engage in a bit of soul-searching: President Barack Obama's aides are pondering how the government is using terror watch lists after the botched airliner attack in Detroit on Christmas Day. Obama's national security and policy advisers are asking questions such as: How is the intelligence community integrating itself? Did the assumptions...
  • Alleged jet attacker on one 'no fly' list, but not 2nd (should have looked at the "one")

    12/26/2009 7:24:04 AM PST · by tobyhill · 31 replies · 892+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 12/26/2009 | staff
    The man law enforcement officials identified as the suspect in Friday's attempted attack on a overseas flight as it approached Detroit, Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, is a Nigerian who was reportedly on a U.S. government terror watch list but did not appear on a "no-fly" list. Mutallab, 23, reportedly told investigators he had links to al-Qaida. The Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam carried 278 passengers and a crew of 11. An U.S. intelligence official said Mutallab tried unsuccessfully to detonate an explosive mix of powder and liquid. He was quickly subdued by other passengers. NBC News, citing anti-terrorism officials, said...
  • Good Times Roll for Black Panthers, 9/11 Terrorists, & ACORN

    11/27/2009 8:54:26 PM PST · by bogusname · 14 replies · 913+ views
    CFP ^ | November 27, 2009 | John Lillpop
    ...As reported, in part, at the NY Times: “WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has concluded that the Obama administration can lawfully pay the community group Acorn for services provided under contracts signed before Congress enacted a law banning the government from providing funds to the group. “The department’s conclusion, laid out in a recently disclosed five-page memorandum from David Barron, the acting assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel, adds a new wrinkle to a sharp political debate over the antipoverty group’s activities and recent efforts to distance the government from it. “Mr. Barron said he had based...
  • Man On Terror Watch List, Murder Suspect Arrested

    09/06/2009 7:27:56 AM PDT · by Sammy67 · 6 replies · 1,391+ views
    WYFF News 4 Digital Reporter ^ | 9/4/09 | Sean Muserallo
    Both Men Arrested During 'Operation Rolling Thunder' SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- The Spartanburg County Sheriff called a week-long special traffic enforcement effort named Operation Rolling Thunder a success. Spartanburg County was just one of several agencies from across the state that took part in the week-long enhanced traffic effort along I-85 and I-26. Some of the people pulled over during the effort were wanted on serious charges.
  • Pilot Sues U.S. Over Terrorist Watch List

    07/01/2009 12:36:37 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 45 replies · 933+ views
    cbsnews ^ | Aug. 20, 2008
    A "Law-Abiding Combat Veteran," Who Converted To Islam, May Lose His Job At A Commercial Airline: A commercial airline pilot and convert to Islam who says his name is on the U.S. government's secret terrorist watch list has fought back, filing a federal lawsuit against the Homeland Security Department and various other federal agencies. Erich Scherfen says that unless his name is removed from the list, he faces losing not only his job but the ability to make a living in his chosen profession. "My livelihood depends on being off this list," Scherfen told reporters Tuesday after his lawyers filed...
  • Watch lists, guns and government

    06/29/2009 12:49:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 79 replies · 2,357+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | June 29, 2009 | Bob Barr
    The secret government “Terrorist Watch List,” reportedly already swelled to more than 1.1 million names, will have an addendum, if gun control advocates in Congress have their way. This new addendum — also to be cloaked in secrecy — would empower the U.S. Attorney General to deny a person the ability to exercise their Second Amendment rights to purchase a firearm. While it is not surprising that some members of Congress are again using fear of terrorism to implement a gun-control agenda, the openly unconstitutional legislative language proponents are employing is troubling. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) is leading the effort...
  • Terrorist Watch List Hits 1 Million

    03/11/2009 6:13:28 AM PDT · by kellynla · 8 replies · 640+ views
    USA TODAY | 3/11/2009 | Peter Eisler
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  • Belgium 'placed on democracy watch list' (3 elected mayors banned from office for speaking French)

    12/03/2008 9:14:39 AM PST · by Stoat · 8 replies · 576+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | December 3, 2008 | Bruno Waterfield
    European human rights watchdogs are now watching Belgian democracy closely after the move by Flemish local authorities. The Council of Europe has "opened a monitoring procedure on local democracy" fuelling a row between Dutch speaking and francophone Belgians that has threatened the existence of Belgium. Flemish regional authorities have blocked three French-speaking mayors from taking up public office since they were elected in January 2007 in the Brussels suburbs of Linkebeek, Wezembeek-Oppem and Kraainem. Marino Keulen, the Flemish Interior Minister responsible for the ban, remained defiant and announced he will stick by his decision to outlaw the elected mayors....
  • One million on US terrorist watch list: rights group (ACLU)

    07/14/2008 7:49:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 159+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 7/14/08 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - A watch list of suspected and known terrorists, compiled by the US authorities, has ballooned and contains more than one million names, the American Civil Liberties Union said Monday. The ACLU said it derived that figure from a Justice Department report on the FBI's Terrorist Screening Center, which consolidates terrorist watch list information. The Center "had over 700,000 names in its database as of April 2007 and that the list was growing by an average of over 20,000 records per month," according to a report by the Justice Department Inspector General, the rights group said. "By those...
  • Former U.S. prosecutor shows up on terror watch list

    07/14/2008 6:37:58 PM PDT · by Checkers · 14 replies · 172+ views ^ | July 14, 2008
    WASHINGTON: The name of the Justice Department's former top criminal prosecutor has turned up on the U.S. government's terror watch list. The former assistant attorney general, Jim Robinson, joined with the American Civil Liberties Union on Monday in calling for elimination of the list, which is designed to identify suspected terrorists. Critics say the list has caused thousands of innocent people to be questioned or searched. The rights organization estimates that one million records will have been added to the list by the end of July. Chad Kolton, a spokesman for the Terrorist Screening Center, which maintains the list, says...
  • One million names on US terror watch list, says rights group

    07/14/2008 5:05:32 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 29 replies · 117+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 15 July 2008
    A WATCH list of suspected and known terrorists, compiled by the US authorities, has ballooned and contains more than one million names, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said today. The ACLU said it derived the figure from a Justice Department report on the FBI's Terrorist Screening Centre, which consolidates terrorist watch list information. The centre "had over 700,000 names in its database as of April 2007 and that the list was growing by an average of over 20,000 records per month", according to a report by the Justice Department Inspector-General, the rights group said. "By those numbers, the list...
  • A Good Name Dragged Down

    03/19/2008 11:39:42 AM PDT · by Nick Thimmesch · 37 replies · 1,060+ views ^ | 3/19/08 | Ellen Nakashima
    "One man went into a Glen Burnie, Md., Toyota dealership to buy a car, only to be told that a name check revealed he was on a U.S. Treasury Department watchlist of suspected terrorists and drug dealers. He had to be "checked for tattoos," he said, to make sure he wasn't the suspect. An 18-year-old found he could not open an account to accept credit card payments for his fledgling technology consulting business because his name was similar to that of a Libyan official on the watchlist. A former U.S. Navy officer who served in the Persian Gulf and whose...
  • ACLU Reports Nearly One Million Names on US Terror Watch List

    02/27/2008 2:20:29 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 34 replies · 82+ views
    Links in Article | 02/27/2008
    ACLU calls out US over 'absurd bloating' of terror watch list More that 900,000 people are currently listed as suspected terrorists on the US government's "do not fly" list, and that number will grow to beyond 1 million by summer, says the American Civil Liberties Union.More.... U.S. Terror Watch List Surpasses 900,000 Names, ACLU Estimates The government's centralized terrorist watch list passed the 900,000 name mark this month, according to the ACLU, which estimated the new total by relying on Congressional testimony from the fall that the sprawling list was growing by 20,000 names a month.More....Terrorist Watchlist Database BalloonsWASHINGTON, DC...
  • Two on 'terrorist watch list' turned over to the FBI (caught at Arizona border)

    02/26/2008 5:42:51 PM PST · by dynachrome · 56 replies · 822+ views
    Nogales International ^ | 2-26-08 | JB Miller
    Two men on the "national terrorist watch list" have been turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) following a routine traffic stop, according to Patagonia Police Chief Ed Dobbertin. Dobbertin said that on Feb. 12, between 9-9:30 a.m., he was patrolling State Route 82 near milepost 28 when he pulled over a car for a traffic violation. "There were just indicators that something wasn't right with the vehicle," said Dobbertin. "We searched. My dog indicated that there was the presence of narcotic odor in the vehicle," he added. Dobbertin said he then called Border Patrol to assist. "They...
  • More than 755,000 on US terrorist watch list

    10/24/2007 9:31:53 PM PDT · by BGHater · 14 replies · 64+ views
    AFP ^ | 24 Oct 2007 | AFP
    The US terrorist watch list includes more than 755,000 names and continues to grow, the US Government Accountability Office said Wednesday. The list exploded from fewer than 20 entries before the September 11, 2001 attacks to more than 150,000 just a few months later, after the Terrorist Screening Center (TSC) was created in December 2003 to keep tabs on terrorist suspects, according to the GAO, the non-partisan investigative arm of Congress. Including known pseudonyms of suspects, the list's 755,000 names as of May 2007 represents, in fact, around 300,000 people, according to TSC estimates. Tasked with gathering data on individuals...
  • Top US lawyer on Manila 'Al Qaida' blacklist (Ramsey Clark!)

    09/29/2007 12:27:54 AM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 10 replies · 98+ views ^ | 9/28/07
    Manila: The Philippines has put rights activists, including a former US attorney-general and members of church groups on an immigration blacklist, a rights group said on Friday. At least 504 people from 50 countries were included in the blacklist labelled "Al Qaida/Taliban Link" imposed between July and August, Human Rights Watch said. Ramsey Clark, a former US attorney general, is among those banned from entry. The list also includes left-wing activists from Europe, Australia and the United States. A senior immigration official confirmed that the blacklist existed, adding only that most of the names on it were "leftists". Human Rights...
  • Terrorist screening missed 75% of time (Green card/visa apps. not checked against terror watch list)

    08/23/2006 1:01:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 573+ views
    Daily Bulletin ^ | 8/23/06 | Sara A. Carter
    An estimated 75 percent of applicants for immigrant benefits - green cards, work visas, and a host of other documents - at a major federal processing center were not screened through the U.S. terrorism watch list over the past four years, the Daily Bulletin has learned. The error - on nearly 3 million applications dating to 2002 - was confirmed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers at the National Benefits Center in Lee's Summit, Mo., near Kansas City. The center is one of several facilities across the country that process foreign applications for immigrant benefits. Numerous Department of...
  • Marshals: Innocent People Placed On 'Watch List' To Meet Quota

    07/25/2006 9:40:05 AM PDT · by Sarajevo · 13 replies · 594+ views
    The ^ | 10:56 MDT 21 July 2006 | 7NEWS
    DENVER -- You could be on a secret government database or watch list for simply taking a picture on an airplane. Some federal air marshals say they're reporting your actions to meet a quota, even though some top officials deny it.
  • Improved terrorist watch list

    01/08/2006 4:24:43 PM PST · by Fair Go · 2 replies · 186+ views
    POTENTIAL terrorists and war criminals entering Australia will face heightened scrutiny, under an improved "watch list" to be set up this year. The Department of Immigration and Federal Government security agencies are establishing a control centre to administer the Movement Alert List, which places a red flag next to the names of criminals, people with terrorist connections, and other undesirables. Everyone applying for a visa to come to Australia will have their name checked against the database, which contains more than 400,000 people of interest. They include terrorists, serious criminals, those involved in organised immigration rackets, people who have previously...
  • Arnold watch list - The issues will show if he has really gone left

    12/10/2005 9:55:32 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies · 630+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 12/10/05 | Editorial
    The Republican revolt over Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's appointment of Susan Kennedy as his chief of staff is looking serious. The influential California Republican Assembly group says the choice of a lifelong Democrat and former aide to Gov. Gray Davis was so appalling that the state GOP should rescind its endorsement of Schwarzenegger's 2006 re-election bid. But the more one learns about Kennedy – for example, she voted for all of the governor's initiatives in the Nov. 8 special election – the less she seems to be the leftist apparatchik her critics depict. Republicans should look to the governor's pending policy...
  • US terror watchlist 80,000 names long

    12/09/2005 5:12:50 AM PST · by Esther Ruth · 7 replies · 425+ views ^ | Thu Dec 8,10:59 AM ET
    US terror watchlist 80,000 names long Thu Dec 8,10:59 AM ET STOCKHOLM (AFP) - A watchlist of possible terror suspects distributed by the US government to airlines for pre-flight checks is now 80,000 names long, a Swedish newspaper reported, citing European air industry sources. The classified list, which carried just 16 names before the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York and Washington had grown to 1,000 by the end of 2001, to 40,000 a year later and now stands at 80,000, Svenska Dagbladet reported. Airlines must check each passenger flying to a US destination against the list, and contact...
  • CA: LAUSD placed on financial watch list (along with 8 other county districts)

    07/08/2005 8:08:00 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 421+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 7/8/05 | Naush Boghossian
    Los Angeles Unified and eight other Los Angeles County school districts were placed Thursday on the state's financial watch list after overspending their budgets in 2003-04. LAUSD -- the nation's second-largest district -- made its first appearance on the list predicting "impending financial problems" after it overspent its $5 billion budget by $253 million. The Annual Financial Report of California K-12 Schools, released by State Controller Steve Westly, points to a dire future for public school finances and warns that nearly 80 districts may not be able to pay their bills in two years. The Los Angeles School District said...
  • Naval Insecurity

    04/14/2005 7:16:37 PM PDT · by zappermom · 25 replies · 1,234+ views
    Wed 13 Apr 2005 9:47am (UK) Naval Security Reviewed over Ship Intruder By Ben Mitchell, PA A review of security at a major UK naval base has been carried out after an alleged intruder was found on board a visiting US aircraft carrier, the Royal Navy said today. The alleged trespasser was discovered on board the USS Harry S Truman, anchored off Stokes Bay, Gosport, Hants, on Saturday night during a week-long visit to Portsmouth Naval Base. A navy spokesman said the man had allegedly passed through both Royal Navy security and US Navy security to get on board passenger...
  • Woman who raised terrorism concerns with altered passport deported (Houston)

    03/09/2005 12:22:11 PM PST · by madfly · 12 replies · 729+ views ^ | Mar. 9, 2005 | Associated Press
    By The Associated Press(3/09/05 - HOUSTON) — A woman whose arrest at a South Texas airport with a mutilated passport raised terrorism concerns was deported Tuesday to South Africa, never having faced terrorism charges. Farida Goolam Mahomed Ahmed, 49, was convicted of criminal charges of illegal entry into the United States, making false statements to federal authorities and misuse of an altered South African passport. She was sentenced Dec. 7 to the time she was held on the charges and was ordered deported Dec. 22. Ahmed waived her right to appeal the judge's decision. She was turned over to...
  • Yusuf Islam to headline benefit show for tsunami victims

    01/28/2005 9:55:03 PM PST · by Critical Bill · 13 replies · 407+ views
    chron ^ | Jan. 28, 2005, | AP
    LONDON — The singer formerly known as Cat Stevens will headline a fund-raising concert in Indonesia for victims of the Asian tsunami. Yusuf Islam will have top billing at Monday's concert in Jakarta that will raise money for victims from Indonesia's Aceh province, according to his Web site. Islam has composed a new song, Indian Ocean, and recently recorded it with musicians including A.R. Rahman, Magne Furuholmen and Neil Primrose. The song will be released in February to raise money for children orphaned by the Dec. 26 disaster. "Like everyone else, I was so shaken by the enormity of...