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No-Fly List Has Doubled to 21K Since Last Year

New standards imposed after attempted 'underwear bombing'

(Newser) - One year ago, the US no-fly list was at about 10,000 names; today, it has more than doubled to around 21,000. The list has been growing at a quick clip ever since the failed Christmas 2009 "underwear bomber" plot , after which the government lowered the standards required... More »

Once You're on Terror Watch List, FBI May Not Let You Off

FBI documents reveal previously confidential process

(Newser) - Newly released FBI documents reveal just how hard it is to get off the US government’s terrorist watch list once you’re on it, reports the New York Times in a look into the list's inner workings. Though agents are typically instructed to remove a person’s name... More »

9/11 First Responders Aren't Terrorists, FBI Confirms

They're now eligible for health care

(Newser) - The FBI has finished screening the 60,000 September 11 first responders against the terrorist watch list to determine if they’re eligible for health care benefits and—surprise!—all of them passed, sources tell the Wall Street Journal. New York lawmakers decried the screenings, which were thrown into... More »

247 on Terror Watch List Bought Guns in 2010

They passed the background check and everything

(Newser) - Guns were legally sold to 247 people on the government's terror watch list last year—and that's after all of them passed a background check, according to FBI figures. That's because it's not illegal to sell guns to people on the terror watch list, the AP... More »

Congress Gets in One Last F*** You to 9/11 Responders

Not even Libyan rebels get screened against watch list: Stewart

(Newser) - Apparently, it wasn't enough that it took more than nine years to pass the 9/11 health bill—Congress still needed to deliver "one final kick to the nuts of the first responders, one final Congressional 'f*** you very much,'" Jon Stewart said last night . That... More »

A Single Tip Now Lands You on Terror Watch List

Officials change criteria in Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's wake

(Newser) - Be careful: The feds learned a lesson from the underwear bomber , and now all it takes is a single tip to land you on the terrorist watch list. Concerns were raised after Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab wasn’t placed on the list, despite his father informing US officials of his son’... More »

Mark Ruffalo Lands on Terror Watch List

Homeland Security not a fan of movie he promotes, apparently

(Newser) - Apparently, protesting natural gas drilling is enough to land you on the terror advisory list, as Mark Ruffalo found out the hard way. The actor was placed on the watch list by Pennsylvania’s Office of Homeland Security after organizing screenings for Gasland, a documentary about drilling, the San Francisco ... More »

The NRA Fights for Terror Suspects' Gun Rights

We prevent them from flying, but not buying weapons

(Newser) - If you ascribe to George W. Bush's “you're either with us or you're with the terrorists” logic, then the head of the NRA “should be just a few frequent-flier miles short of a free ticket to Gitmo right about now,” argues Dana Milbank of the Washington Post... More »

Muslim Names Stall US Travel Visas

Travelers' applications vanish into 'administrative processing'

(Newser) - A student visa for a clean-cut French grad student to attend UC Berkeley sounds like a pretty routine matter—but not when his name is Mohamed Youcef Mami. Mami, who missed both his non-refundable flight and the start of his master's program waiting around in France for his mysteriously delayed... More »

No-Fly List Expands as Obama Beefs Up Security

Prez will detail improvements to watch-list system today

(Newser) - In the midst of beefing up airport security after the Detroit terror attempt, the US is expanding passenger surveillance lists, adding "probably dozens" of names to the no-fly and watch lists, the White House tells the BBC . The new names have been moved to the lists from TIDE, the... More »

Obama Orders Security Team to Play Offense

'The US will do more than simply strengthen our defenses'

(Newser) - Breaking his public silence on the issue, President Obama said today the US "will not rest until we find all who were involved" in the attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines plane. He has ordered a comprehensive review of the terrorism watch-list system. "The American people should be... More »

FBI Neglected Terror Watch List: Audit

Suspects may have traveled into US while off the list

(Newser) - The FBI is slow to update the national terror suspect watch list, and the lapses pose real risks to US security, according to a Justice Department audit. Twelve terror suspects who were either not listed or were slow to be added may have traveled into or out of the US,... More »

Homeland Security Chief: Terror List Isn't So Long

Feds to take over airline passenger screening from next year

(Newser) - The terrorist watch list isn't the million-name behemoth it’s been reported as, the Homeland Security chief says. Only 2,500 people are on the no-fly list, according to Michael Chertoff, and just 10% of them are US citizens. Less than 16,000 people are on another, lower-level threat list,... More »

Boy, 8, Makes 'Terror Watch List'

Third grader joins many others on flaw-filled 'no-fly' list

(Newser) - James Robinson, 8, shares more than a name with a pilot and a former assistant attorney general, CNN reports. All three have found themselves on the government's terrorist watch list and must verify they're not James Robinson, suspected terrorist, before they can fly. Little James was first held up at... More »

US Terror Watch List Tops 400K

As ledger exceeds 1M records, ACLU calls it 'unfair,' feds call it 'effective'

(Newser) - 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... More »

Mandela on US Terror Watch List

Rice is embarrassed, she tells senators

(Newser) - Nelson Mandela may be a Nobel Peace Prize winner, former head of state, an icon of non-violence, and a symbol of the conquest of hope and endurance over oppression, but to the US federal government he's a potential terrorist. Incredibly, Mandela and all members of the African National Congress remain... More »

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