Washington's terror suspect list has topped the 1-million milestone, Reuters reports. That adds up to 400,000 people, including duplicates, about 50,000 of whom are tagged with “no-fly” status. The American Civil Liberties Union slammed the list as poorly managed and too long to be effective. The ACLU has a convincing ally, the AP notes: a former Justice official with the same name as a terror suspect.
"If I were convinced that America is a safer place because I get hassled at the airport, I might put up with it," said former assistant attorney general Jim Robinson, who is mistakenly on the list. "But I doubt it." Added an ACLU exec: “It's unfair, out-of-control, a waste of resources (and) treats the rights of the innocent as an afterthought." A federal spokesman disagreed, calling the list "one of the most effective counterterrorism tools that our country has."