Groups Urge Greater Transparency in Government Watchlisting

The government’s loose watchlisting standards, revealed this summer, label thousands of people as suspected terrorists based on secret evidence. Innocent members of the public have no real process to challenge their listing. The standards are so broad that “individuals can be watchlisted if they are suspected of being suspected terrorists.”

Groups concerned with open government, civil rights, privacy rights and more wrote to Assistant Attorney General John Carlin for the National Security Division and Acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Molly Moran, requesting a meeting to consider reforms for the watchlisting system. In addition to addressing the serious civil rights and privacy concerns about the system, the government should provide the public a full accounting of the practice.