Ever Call the Police? Have a Misdemeanor? You Could be on the Terrorist Watchlist

terror-watch-listBy John Vibes

According to recent reports, people who have been charged with petty crimes have been added to the US government’s “terror watchlist” without warning.

This filing “error” was discovered last year when a Latino man who spoke very little English was arrested for trespassing and resisting arrest, two misdemeanors. When he had to appear in court, the man’s attorney Anisha Gupta was expecting a quick and easy trial because the charges were so small. However, Gupta was informed by the judge that her client was listed on the terrorist watchlist.

“I said to her, ‘Judge, I don’t think he’s on the terrorist watchlist. There are so many errors on the last pages of people’s rap sheets, and the judge said, ‘Well, counsel, I’ve never seen this terrorist watchlist thing. We’re going to have to check on it. I’m not going to release him,’” Gupta told The Intercept.

“Counsel, he could be a sleeper,” the judge allegedly replied.

It is not known exactly how many people this has happened to, but if previous errors with the watchlists are any indication, there are likely many others in the same situation.

The actual list is kept entirely secret, and there is no way of knowing who is on it. Even people who are on the list themselves only end up finding out by accident when they go to court or attempt to pass through airport security.

“You have the word ‘terrorist’ printed on a rap sheet that a judge is looking at to determine whether to release someone or to set bail and, in effect, ensure that they remain behind bars. That notation is very loaded. I think judges, just like anybody else, are subject to the same biases and prejudices that exist in the rest of the community. The fact that your freedom could be taken away based on a mysterious designation you didn’t even know about, and that is probably wrong, is a very scary thing indeed,” Gupta said.

In one case, a man was put on a federal watch list for two years because he called the police to report drug paraphernalia. So it seems that even having your name anywhere in a police database, for any reason, could result in an erroneous listing on the terrorist watchlist.

Last year we reported that there are 72 people on the US terrorist watchlist who currently have jobs with the Department Of Homeland Security.

The fact that there are people working for the DHS who are on the terrorist watchlist is not necessarily as scary as it sounds, considering the fact that the list itself is a farce, with over a million names of mostly innocent people, according to the ACLU. However, this does point to the gross incompetence of the agency and highlights the facade that is “national security.”

Also Read: 25 Reports That Can Put You on the Terrorist Watchlist

John Vibes is an author and researcher who organizes a number of large events including the Free Your Mind Conference. He also has a publishing company where he offers a censorship free platform for both fiction and non-fiction writers. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can purchase his books, or get your own book published at his website www.JohnVibes.com.

John Vibes writes for TheFreeThoughtProject.com, where this article first appeared.

  • HughYonn

    I’m pretty sure I’m on their ‘watch lists’… After all, I have a marijuana conviction.
    Shiver me timbers…

    • John Cook

      I’m thinking of getting a copy of my file from ASIO – I’m proud to have been a ‘problem’ my whole life – they would have recorded more of my history than I could Ever remember.
      BTW ASIO is my local (Oz) spook organization.

      • HughYonn

        I have no idea what you said… But, I like the way you said it.
        I go now to look up ‘ASIO’…
        Stay outta trouble. Prison ain’t no fun

  • dale ruff

    This is such pandering to fear. The US citizens on the consolidated watchlist are well under 25,000. ” …only about 2.3 percent of the 1.1 million people on the consolidated watch list are American citizens or legal permanent residents. “U.S. Persons (including both citizens and legal permanent residents) account for about 25,000 of that total,” the NCTC fact sheet says.”

    Each year, over 240 million calls to 9/11 are made, or over 3 billion since 9/11.

    As for misdemeanors, there are 10 million filed each year, or 150 million since 9/11.

    I am not saying War on Terror is justified but that this article is pandering to an irrational fear, based on people’s ignorance of the small number of citizens on the terrorist list, which is about 1 in 13,000 people. So the chances of being on the list because you called the police or had a misdemeanor filed is infinitely small.

    But fear sells…………………………

    • Jas

      The point is they shouldn’t have any kind of list that lists Americans as terrorists, or a kill list either.

      • dale ruff

        Keeping an eye on someone and killing them are radically different operations.

        The idea of a terrorist list is to watch those who have ties to other terrorists or groups. This can be abused, and often is, but it is nothing like a kill list. There are many domestic terrorists in the US….those who have threatened Planned Parenthood, Klu Klux Klan types, and members of various hate groups. It is not a bad idea to keep track of such people.

        In general, I oppose the WWOT, which has involved us in unneccessary wars and led to a million deaths, mostly innocent people. But I also object to fear-mongering by implying that if you are one of tens of millions who has called 9/11 or had a misdemeanor filed against you, you are a target for the War on Terror.

        The War on Terror is a form of fear-mongering, so I oppose fear-mongering which pretends to be opposing it. Kill lists are something totally different, a gross violation of Constitutional and international law.

        I do believe anyone on the terrorist lists should be notified and have the opportunity to appeal. It should be confined to people for whom there is strong evidence of a likelihood of violence, but then this would include many of our leaders, as well as right wing zealots, and armed thus parading as patriots.

        • William Burke

          It’s DALE, people! Thought he got eaten in Season Three.

          • dale ruff

            It’s William Burke, the troll with another brilliant contribution.

  • CaptainCrapper

    What about prank calling the White House? I’ve only done it a few times.

    • HughYonn

      I was in federal prison with quite a few guys who did that. Most of them had 5 year sentences…spent about 14 months.
      Just enough to get their attention…

      • CaptainCrapper

        Amazing what they’ll actually lock people up for these days.

        • HughYonn

          Yeah, it is. They’ll even lock you up for a plant…

  • Larna

    multi faceted robo attacks automated by on demand intermittent aliases could become a major problem for the suits in DC.

  • desertspeaks

    and the vast majority of employees of the government can’t commit a crime, well, not one that they’ll be held accountable for, especially elected officials or those running for office.
    Ask any government fool to prove that their rules apply to you with factual, firsthand, irrefutable evidence.. they can’t because no such thing has ever, nor will ever exist! ITS ALL FRAUD!
    None of their rules/laws apply to any private person.. did you sign an oath of office “like all government employees are required to sign” that would obligate you to OBEY their asinine rules/laws?? NOPE!
    Oh there will obviously be some sycophant that will scream about a drivers license or passport. For one to be obligated to some agreement, it must be voluntarily entered into, not compelled by the force/threat of a gun.. fraud, threat, duress and coercion nullify all contracts!
    Have a nice day!

    • John Cook

      Sounds like you believe you are a ‘sovereign citizen” – DEFINITELY a ‘terrorist’. After all, nothing terrorizes them more than a person claiming their natural right to exist.

      • desertspeaks

        sovereign citizen is an oxymorn.. one cannot be both a citizen and sovereign, I would tell you to look up the definitions of both words but as you’ve utterly failed to do so by this time in your abysmal life the likelihood is nill. You are the living embodyment of the allegory of plato’s cave, you embrace your shadows!
        I will note that you didn’t bother to offer evidence that proves applicability!
        Why is that?? BECAUSE ALL YOU HAVE IS YOUR GOVERNMENT RELIGIOUS BELIEF!

        • John Cook

          Wow! Perhaps you should actually read and understand a reply before you go ballistic at what you imagine it says – but doesn’t.
          P.S. You should also look up the meaning of ‘irony’.

          • desertspeaks

            Well John, why don’t you explain what it is you meant then, if you meant something other than what you typed!
            after having you calling me a sovereign citizen, which i covered,
            and DEFINITELY a terrorist, which i did not address, what other meaning was I supposed to glean from your post??

          • John Cook

            I was being ‘IRONIC”, Did you find out what that means?
            It essentially means saying the opposite of what you mean for comic effect. And I only did it in the first sentence for heavens sake.
            What could you possibly find difficult to understand in:
            “After all, nothing terrorizes them more than a person claiming their natural right to exist.”

          • desertspeaks

            it didn’t translate,.. don’t sweat it though, it happens! combine your first sentence with the second and therein is the issue. Moving on..
            My rage is doing great,.. to date, not one single government wonk “officer, prosecutor, judge” has been able produce one single shred of evidence proving applicability, resulting in dismissal of their fraudulent charges.

  • gweneth

    Terror, terror, terror sure this is apt to make it.
    They must pay the script writers enormous amounts.
    Btw: there is no such thing as an elected official – if they are (truly) elected they are public servants.
    HughYonn – move to Colorado and Imbibe for the health of it and we have great sunsets.

  • AntiLieGuy

    Everyone who knows how evil the government is, is on their watchlist.
    The entire government are evil treasonous criminals. The day of the next false flag using the nuke they stole in 2007 and blamed on Iran, America will be destroyed by Russia, China and the SCO. This is the war of Armageddon and you can know it is now because of Planet X and the toxic chemtrails that hide it every day. Planet X will end the war when it rips the earth apart again but 90% of Americans will be dead already. All planned by your evil government.

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