Wednesday, February 15, 2006

We're probably on it by now

The U.S. government's database of terrorist suspects now contains 325,000 names--four times more than it had only two and a half years ago.

The Guardian article I came across states

Timothy Sparapani, an expert on privacy rights at the American Civil Liberties Union, said the ACLU's response was one of incredulity, and alarm that many people are likely to be on the list by mistake, with serious impact on their lives and few, if any, means of getting themselves off it.

"The numbers continue to grow by leaps and bounds," Mr Sparapani said. He had no idea what methods were being used to add names to the database, but added: "I have to say we're probably adding names faster than we can figure out how to deal with them ... We worry greatly about the potential stain to anyone's life who ends up on this list."

Just ask our old buddy Haitham, whose name is on the list. He had a fun time trying to get out to Seattle to visit us over Christmas.


At 12:20 AM, Blogger ticklethepear said...

No kidding. I think they put anyone named Mohamed on there.


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