How to get yourself on a terrorism watchlist – don’t try this at home!

Readers, I am on leave at the moment so taking my time drafting a new post – while I do my best to do at least one a week, I sorely need a break.

However, I would like to draw your attention to a new article in The Intercept, titled “Blacklisted: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist.

There is some rather shocking information (at least for me) in it on how easily people end up on – for example – a no-flight list and on how difficult it is to get taken off it again. As with cases of (other) mass surveillance, one of the problems is that much of the information surrounding these lists is classified and that it can therefore be extremely difficult to contest one’s placement on such a list in court because proceedings might touch on classified information.

The Intercept has a long feature on this, as well as the full key document – the “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance” – which “spells out the government’s secret rules for putting individuals on its main terrorist database, as well as the no fly list and the selectee list, which triggers enhanced screening at airports and border crossings.”

The Guardian also has an article on this titled “How the US’s terrorism watchlists work – and how you could end up on one“.

In other NSA news, The Intercept also ran a story this week on the NSA’s cooperation witch the Saudi Ministry of the Interior (MOI for short) which Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain call “one of the world’s most repressive and abusive government agencies.”

I’ll be back with more posts of my own shortly.

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