A report from the United States Justice Department indicates that among the nation’s 1.1 million people on the watch list for suspected terrorists there is a 35% probability that incorrect names are on the list. The report also shows that large portions of the list are governed by no formal processes for updating or removing names. Get your name on the list and the probability is it remains despite the fact someone made a mistake in placing it on the list. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, “the audit confirms that the nation’s watchlist is massively broken.” The report most probably is listing thousands of innocent people who are unable to prove their innocence.
The Inspector General audit examined names and found that 24,000 were out of date. The list was originally compiled in the hysteria following 9/11 and it needs to be completely revised from top to bottom to ensure there is accuracy and to protect the rights of those who are innocent. Just another legacy of the Bush administration.