Trump's Secret New Watchlist Lets His Administration Track Americans Without Needing a Warrant
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The Trump administration has created a new and expansive national security watchlist that, for the first time since 9/11, includes Americans who have no connection to terrorism. The new watchlist, authorized through a classified Attorney General order and launched in 2017, is expected to grow to well over one million names. It also allows the government to track and monitor Americans without a warrant, even when there is no evidence they’re breaking the law.
And while two separate laws require the government to announce new systems of data collection of Americans, there has been no acknowledgement of the expanded watchlist.
The criteria to be placed on the new watchlist demands that an individual be associated with “transnational” criminal organizations, including front organizations that are actually foreign government entities. Transnational criminal organizations include not just drug cartels, crime syndicates and gangs, but also political groups such as nationalist parties and information activists. Individuals can be watchlisted when they are suspected of corruption, money laundering, computer hacking, stock market manipulation, health care fraud, even wildlife trafficking.
Government officials familiar with the new watchlist say that it will eventually include tens of thousands of Americans, reaching into more than a hundred cities across the United States.
Trump is a dedicated fascist and he is not going to step down after losing both the popular vote and the Electoral College vote in November.
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The truth is, there’s no such thing as being “anti-Fascist.” Either you are a decent human being with a conscience, or you are a fascist.
May 19, 2020 at 5:18 AM #316843MaedhrosParticipant
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for joining the Republicans to vote to increase Trump’s surveillance powers (all in the name of fighting Russia!Russia!Russia!) as well as voting to give him MORE MILITARY FUNDING THAT HE ASKED FOR.
This problem is bipartisan, and not at all simply a Trump issue.
His body recovered from his torment and became hale,
but the shadow of his pain was in his heart;
and he lived to wield his sword with left hand
more deadly than his right had been.
May 19, 2020 at 5:21 AM #316846Ohio BarbarianModerator
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Surely I was not the only one who saw this coming. They are preparing to track down protestors, rioters, and strikers and prosecute them for their browsing history. Both Trump and Obama want that.
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May 19, 2020 at 5:54 AM #316854
May 19, 2020 at 8:10 AM #316886PolecatHollererParticipant
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When you start with nonsense like “…which, for the first time since 9/11, includes Americans who have no connection to terrorism”, what can I do but sigh and roll my eyes?
If you give a man enough rope, it will be six inches too short. This is not the nature of rope- it is the nature of man.
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