Is that my jaw on the floor? - The Life and Thoughts of Zach — LiveJournal
Jan. 21st, 2004
02:36 pm - Is that my jaw on the floor?
This article confirms our worst paranoid fears. The government really must be completely overstepping the bounds of rationality in it's overzealous hunt for "terrorists".
U.S. security agents have a master list of five million people worldwide thought to be potential terrorists or criminals, officials say. "The U.S. lookout index contains some five million names of known terrorists and other persons representing a potential problem," Brian Davis, a senior Canadian immigration official in Paris, said in a confidential document obtained by the Sun.Five. Million. Terrorists. One in every thousand people ON THE EARTH is suspected by the US government of being so dangerous that they deserve to be arbitrarily questioned and possibly banned from entering the country. How did they build this list? What are the criteria for being on this list? What safeguards do they have to ensure the accuracy of the list? Can anyone believe that the government REALLY has the resources to build an accurate list of 5 million world wide suspected dangerous people?
Names on the list are compared against those applying for visas or on flights travelling to the U.S.
Anyone whose name is on the list is questioned or banned from entering the U.S. -- as passengers were on two British Airways flights to Los Angeles two weeks ago.