America’s terrorism watchlist grew substantially after the Twin Tower attacks of 9/11. The FBI and Department of Homeland Security have heavily relied on this database in order to safeguard America from another devastating act of terror. Over one million suspected terrorists are currently on this list, nearly 4,600 of which are American citizens.
A federal judge concluded an FBI watchlist containing more than 1 million “known or suspected terrorists” violates the constitutional rights of the U.S. citizens in the database.https://t.co/jQsjBqtDuJ
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) September 5, 2019
Many have questioned the constitutional justification behind the use of this watchlist. Some believe the list is a valid necessity, while others think it’s an overreach of government power. Now, we may see the beginning of the end for the watchlist with United States District Court Judge Anthony J. Trenga’s ruling.
The court concludes that the risk of erroneous deprivation of plaintiffs’ travel-related and reputational liberty interests is high, and the currently existing procedural safeguards are not sufficient to address that risk.
-Judge Anthony J. Trenga
What do you think about our terrorist watchlist? Is it a necessity, or should it be abolished as unconstitutional? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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