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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

7 year old on Terrorist Watch List

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Blogger Bob said...

From the Desk of Anthony D. Romero
Executive Director, ACLU
Who's next on the watch list?


Dear ACLU Supporter,

Why is 7-year-old John Anderson from Minneapolis on the national
Terrorist Watch List?
1. He pushed Tommy too hard on the playground.
2. His July 4th birthday means he distracts other Americans from
celebrating their country.
3. John didn't pick up the blocks during playtime.

The truth is that we don't know how he got on the Terrorist
Watch List. Or if he can get off it. It took an Act of Congress to get Nelson Mandela, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, off the list.

This ever-growing and ineffective Watch List demonstrates what's wrong with the U.S. government's current approach to security:
it's unfair and a waste of resources. And when our government
wastes time and money like this, we are all put in more danger -- not less.

Take our national security quiz to learn about other frightening
national security "tools."

The questions above might be light hearted, but the problems Americans
face everyday due to overzealous security measures are real.

According to USA Today:

John Anderson of Minneapolis, [now 7] was first stopped at
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in 2004, when his family
took him for his first airplane ride to Disney World. "We checked in at the ticket counter, and the woman said in a stern voice, 'Who is John Anderson?' " says his mother, Christine Anderson. "I pointed to my stroller."

Her son is allowed to fly. But because his name is flagged, his family cannot print out a boarding pass for him online and he must check in at the ticket counter so an airline official can see that he's a child.

Learn about more outrageous DHS behaviors by taking the ACLU's
security quiz today.

After you take the quiz, make sure you forward it to your friends and
family so they can learn about these measures which are supposed to protect us, but instead strip us of our basic rights with no
additional security.

Thank you,

Anthony D. Romero
Executive Director

© ACLU, 125 Broad Street, 18th Floor New York, NY 10004

11:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could that happen to one of us , or to our children.
What data do they keep about us.
Uncle Sam is watching you.

7:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home."
-- James Madison

7:38 PM  

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