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7,00,000 people listed by US as `terror suspects’

Posted by :) on August 8, 2014


Source – TOI – Chidanand.Rajghatta @timesgroup.com –
“If everything is terrorism, then nothing is terrorism.” This eloquent quote by former senior FBI special agent David Gomez speaks to what is now emerging as an “out of control” surveillance program initiated by the Obama administration in its overarching effort to monitor terrorist links.That the US is engaged in unprecedented snooping is known for some time now thanks to Edward Snowden.

But fresh disclosures from a new source, based on classified files leaked to the website Intercept, suggests that Washington may be running amok, putting under surveillance hundreds of thousands merely on suspicion.

The disclosures, which could cause fresh consternation in world capitals that have not signed on to the program, reveal that the CIA uses a previously unknown program, codenamed Hydra, to “secretly access databases maintained by foreign countries and extract data to add to the US watchlists”.

According to the disclosures, there are around 7,00,000 people caught up in

the US’s Terrorist Screening Database (TSD) — a watchlist of “known or suspected terrorists” shared with local law enforcement agencies, private contractors, and foreign governments. Of them, more than 40%(2,80,000) are described as having “no recognized terrorist group affiliation”, dwarfing the number of people suspected of ties with al-Qaeda, Hamas, and Hezbollah combined.According to the documents, the Obama administration has also boosted the number of people on the nofly list more than ten-fold, to an all-time high of 47,000.

The government adds information to the database at a rate of 900 records each day.

The second-highest concentration of people designated as “known or suspected terrorists” is in Dearborn, Michigan, a city that has the largest percentage of Muslims in the country.

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