This page has criticized the government's infamous "no-fly list" because it is so manifestly susceptible to error. Now comes new information about how the federal government compiles the bigger, broader "terrorist screening database" from which the no-fly list is drawn — and how that database is being used to deny people a chance for U.S. citizenship.
The database, also known as the "terrorist watch list," reportedly holds more than 1 million names of suspected terrorists. But according to the
If being on the list had no practical effect, that would be one thing. But according to the ACLU, the
Here's another concern: Sometimes, according to the ACLU, Citizenship and Immigration Services asks questions on the
If the ACLU is right, the rules needs to be rethought. Yes, the government has a responsibility to protect the country from terrorists. But it shouldn't require a legal challenge for the government to respect the basic civil liberties and due process rights of those who apply to become American citizens.