George W. Bush, War On Terror

George W. Bush, War On Terror

We’re Only Beginning to See the Consequences of the Bush-Era Assault on Civil Liberties

We’re only beginning to see the consequences of the Bush-era assault on civil liberties

9.9.2019

We’re only beginning to see the consequences of the Bush-era assault on civil liberties

Like a number of “War on Terror” measures, the Terrorist Screening Database’s unconstitutionality was obvious from the jump

The FBI… shares TSDB information with more than 18,000 state, local, county, city, university and college, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies and approximately 533 private entities through its National Crime Information Center (NCIC) program, which these law enforcement agencies and private entities then use to screen individuals they encounter in traffic stops, field interviews, house visits, and municipal permit processes.

in order to tighten up security procedures was fairly uncontroversial eighteen years ago.

Inclusion on the TSDB happens according to a space-age,

hundreds of thousands of people in cities like New York

There was no requirement that a person commit a crime before being placed on the list, and being acquitted of a terrorism-related offense didn’t prevent one from being placed on this informal dishonor roll.

The official complaint method for travelers who experienced difficulties was the Department of Homeland Security’s Travel Redress Inquiry Program (TRIP). However, as Trenga noted:

In a lot of War on Terror programs, the fact that no one can be sure if they’re even on a list becomes a major defense against challenges to the system. As an

A second doctrinal problem arises from the deeply problematic intersection between secrecy and the doctrine of standing…

Want to claim the government is violating disclosure rules under the FOIA law? You might have a problem if you can’t prove what’s being rebuffed in a FOIA request. Want to contest your inclusion on the No-Fly List, or the TSDB? It’s a problem if you don’t even know for sure you’re on it.

. When an American citizen named Bilal Abdul-Kareem, who claimed to have survived multiple drone attacks overseas, sued to get himself removed from the “Distribution Matrix,” he faced a serious hurdle because he could not prove he was on the list.

The Kill List, the TDSB, and all the secret surveillance programs pose the same problem: they exist more or less completely apart from meaningful public oversight. They’re bureaucratic states within states.

Read more: Rolling Stone

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