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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Government Rulebook that Labels You a Terrorist

March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance
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Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux
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The rulebook,The “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance,” a 166-page document defines as terrorism any act that is “dangerous” to property and intended to influence government policy through intimidation.

The 166-page document 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 new guidelines allow individuals to be designated as representatives of terror organizations without any evidence they are actually connected to such organizations, and it gives a single White House official the unilateral authority to place “entire categories” of people the government is tracking onto the no fly and selectee lists.

It broadens the authority of government officials to “nominate” people to the watchlists based on what is vaguely described as “fragmentary information.” It also allows for dead people to be watchlisted.

It reveals a confounding and convoluted system filled with exceptions to its own rules, and it relies on the elastic concept of “reasonable suspicion” as a standard for determining whether someone is a possible threat. Because the government tracks “suspected terrorists” as well as “known terrorists,” individuals can be watchlisted if they are suspected of being a suspected terrorist, or if they are suspected of associating with people who are suspected of terrorism activity.

“Because you appear on a telephone list of somebody doesn’t make you a terrorist. That’s the kind of information that gets put in there.”

“So if you are speeding, you get pulled over, they’ll query that name,” he said. “And if they are encountering a known or suspected terrorist, it will pop up and say call the Terrorist Screening Center…. So now the officer on the street knows he may be dealing with a known or suspected terrorist.”

Of course, the problem is that the “known or suspected terrorist” might just be an ordinary citizen who should not be treated as a menace to public safety.

In 2012, the U.S. Government Accountability Office published a report that bluntly noted there was no agency responsible for figuring out “whether watchlist-related screening or vetting is achieving intended results.”

(But the guidlines give a single White House official the unilateral authority to place “entire categories” of people the government is tracking onto the no fly and selectee lists. The rulebook,The “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance,” a 166-page document defines as terrorism any act that is “dangerous” to property and intended to influence government policy through intimidation.

Does this mean anyone who shows up to a protest with a sign that says something like: defund the NSA, dismantle the IRS, impeach obama etc is committing an act that is "dangerous" to property and intended to influence government policy through intimidation?

If someone resists or protests government policies are they considered to be intimidating the obama regime? It would seem so bubba.) Story Reports
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in·tim·i·date: to make (someone) afraid to make timid or fearful : frighten; especially : to compel or deter by or as if by threats
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(So if you protest the government and intimidate an elected offical by telling them they should resign or you will not vote for them and it makes them afraid you don't like them, you have intimidated them.

Remember the guidlines give a single White House official the unilateral authority to place “entire categories” of people the government is tracking onto selectee lists.
The IRS does it also bubba.) Story Reports
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The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist