Why aren't terrorists on the "terrorist" watch list?

Did you know that U.S. Department of Fatherland Insecurity (sic), is "protecting" America from people who are known to be dead, but not from actual terrorists still known to be alive? The suicide hijackers from the WTC attack, for instance, and, even though he was not a terrorist (he was a war criminal and perpetrator of crimes against humanity), Saddam Hussein. Meanwhile, the most wanted terrorists are not on the list because the U.S. government doesn't want to share that kind of information with the airlines.

Bullshit like this so-called terrorist watch list is not about security; it never has been, it never will be.

From the Desk of Anthony D. Romero
Executive Director, ACLU
Who's next on the watch list?

Dear ACLU Supporter,

Why is 7-year-old John Anderson from Minneapolis on the national Terrorist Watch List?
1. He pushed Tommy too hard on the playground.
2. His July 4th birthday means he distracts other Americans from
celebrating their country.
3. John didn't pick up the blocks during playtime.

The truth is that we don't know how he got on the Terrorist Watch List. Or if he can get off it. It took an Act of Congress to get Nelson Mandela, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, off the list.

This ever-growing and ineffective Watch List demonstrates what's wrong with the U.S. government's current approach to security: it's unfair and a waste of resources. And when our government wastes time and money like this, we are all put in more danger -- not less.

Take our national security quiz to learn about other frightening national security "tools."

The questions above might be light hearted, but the problems Americans face everyday due to overzealous security measures are real.

According to USA Today:

John Anderson of Minneapolis, [now 7] was first stopped at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in 2004, when his family took him for his first airplane ride to Disney World. "We checked in at the ticket counter, and the woman said in a stern voice, 'Who is John Anderson?' " says his mother, Christine Anderson. "I pointed to my stroller."

Her son is allowed to fly. But because his name is flagged, his family cannot print out a boarding pass for him online and he must check in at the ticket counter so an airline official can see that he's a child.

Learn about more outrageous DHS behaviors by taking the ACLU's security quiz today.

After you take the quiz, make sure you forward it to your friends and family so they can learn about these measures which are supposed to protect us, but instead strip us of our basic rights with no additional security.

Thank you,

Anthony D. Romero
Executive Director

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