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Thu Jul 24, 2014, 04:38 PM

Source Leaks Secret Guidelines for US Government "Watchlist"

Also posted in the Civil Liberties group:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/1168853

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/07/23/source-leaks-secret-guidelines-us-government-watchlist

Published on Wednesday, July 23, 2014
by Common Dreams
Source Leaks Secret Guidelines for US Government "Watchlist"

Reporting by The Intercept reveals that individuals placed on government "watchlist" based on "reasonable suspicion"

by Lauren McCauley, staff writer


“A source within the intelligence community” has leaked the government’s secret guidebook to how it adds names to and manages its controversial terrorist “watchlist” and was published in full by The Intercept on Wednesday.

Reported by Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux, the 166-page document (pdf) issued by the National Counterterrorism Center—and titled “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance”—details the most up-to-date government rules for placing individuals on their main terrorism database, as well as the no-fly list and selectee list. It was developed by representatives from the nation's top military and intelligence bodies including the Pentagon, CIA, NSA, and FBI.

According to the report, in 2013 the Obama administration “quietly approved a substantial expansion” of the watchlist system, “authorizing a secret process that requires neither ‘concrete facts’ nor ‘irrefutable evidence’ to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist.” It was developed behind closed doors by representatives of the nation’s intelligence, military, and law-enforcement establishment, including the Pentagon, CIA, NSA, and FBI.

Scahill and Devereaux report that the guidelines permit “the elastic concept of 'reasonable suspicion' as a standard for determining whether someone is a possible threat.”


The .pdf file is available at:

https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.documentcloud.org/documents/1227228/2013-watchlist-guidance.pdf


The Feds seem to think Orwell was writing a manual for governance. Wonder what
DU's own cult of personality will have say about this?

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friendly_iconoclast Jul 2014 OP
Luminous Animal Jul 2014 #1
friendly_iconoclast Jul 2014 #3
Electric Monk Jul 2014 #2
friendly_iconoclast Jul 2014 #4
Electric Monk Jul 2014 #5
friendly_iconoclast Jul 2014 #6

Response to friendly_iconoclast (Original post)

Thu Jul 24, 2014, 04:42 PM

1. They didn't have anything to say about it yesterday...

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Response to Luminous Animal (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 24, 2014, 04:47 PM

3. I read that too, but that thread didn't have a link to download the document

Common Dreams provided one, so I posted this.

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Response to friendly_iconoclast (Original post)

Thu Jul 24, 2014, 04:46 PM

2. "DU's own cult of personality" ?

 

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Response to Electric Monk (Reply #2)

Thu Jul 24, 2014, 04:51 PM

4. Yep. As pointed out by Luminous Animal, they have gone silent

Some things are just indefensible by those with consciences, and these
guidelines are one of them. If Bush had done this, we'd still be screaming
about it- and rightly so.

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Response to friendly_iconoclast (Reply #4)

Thu Jul 24, 2014, 04:54 PM

5. Oh, so that's your roundabout way of saying the BOG? I thought you might mean one person. nt

 

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Response to Electric Monk (Reply #5)

Thu Jul 24, 2014, 05:01 PM

6. It's not just them (and not even all of them, for that matter)

Sadly, DU has got more than a few members that subscribe to the theory
that "When one of *us* does it, it's OK". Fuck that noise.

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