"Terrorist watch list"
There have been proposals by antigunners to ban firearms receipt by those on the "terrorist watch list," which make this article quite relevant. Based on a "leak," it points out that:
(1) Between 700,000 and 1.5 million people are on the list;
(2) The standard for listing is "reasonable suspicion";
(3) More than 40% on the list, some 280,000, are not even suspected of links to any known terrorist organization;
(4) 900 times a day, a person is added to the list or information on him is supplemented.
I must wonder how useful any "watch list" can be that has 700,000 people on it. Obviously that number cannot be "watched." The list just takes on a life of its own; it is maintained because it is supposed to be maintained.