Are You On the Terror Watch List? Good Luck Getting Off It

posted on August 02, 2008 | in Category U.S.A. | PermaLink

By Ivan Eland, Consortium News
Source: AlterNet Website
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Date: July 24, 2008

After having begun a series of investigative stories criticizing the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in May 2008, CNN reporter Drew Griffin reports being placed with more than a million other names on TSA's swollen terrorism watch list.

Although TSA insists Griffin 's name is not on the list and pooh-poohs any possibility of retaliation for Griffin 's negative reporting, the reporter has been hassled by various airlines on 11 flights since May. The airlines insist that Griffin 's name is on the list.

Congress has asked TSA to look into the tribulations of this prominent passenger.

In a recent op-ed in the Washington Post, probably responding to the controversy over Griffin, Leonard Boyle, the director of the Terrorist Screening Center, defended the watch list, claiming that because terrorists have multiple aliases, the names on the list boiled down to only about 400,000 actual people.

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