CNN reports today that Bush's "Terrorist Screening Center" (I swear this administration just makes up new subagencies on a daily basis!) has been so meticulous with their research that the "terrorist watch list" has now ballooned to 755,000 names. As the ACLU points out, we are not far from the point where "we all become suspects in the eyes of the Terrorist Screening Center." Of course some of us - people whose names look like they rhyme with "Aladdin", for instance - are likelier to become suspects than others. I wonder if these fools have even one person working there who understands Arabic nomenclature?
Despite these police-state tactics, a Mexican national with tuberculosis -- tuberculosis! -- was able to cross the border into the US more than 20 times without being stopped, and there are other such glaring security breaches in the report. The US govt's combination of blatant despotism and utter incompetence is once again dazzling...
Not that I'm calling for a more effectively-run police state. No Mexico 'security' fence! No secret 'security' watchlists! Over the past 30 years, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush-with-a-vengeance have made it eminently clear that 'security' means protection of rich white guys' political power and corporate profits. It has very little to do with protecting ordinary peoples' lives.
There's only one group I trust to bring about the Security Of The First World!