March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance was issued by the National Counterterrorism Center showing how people get put on the terrorist database, the no-fly lists. No evidence is needed. A sole White House officer can place entire categories of people on the list. Government officials can “nominate” people for the list based on “fragmentary information” (read: on a whim.)
Eric Holder, the ax-man for the administration, continued the Bush era secrecy around the nomination process with this tidbit: “The Watchlisting Guidance, although unclassified, contains national security information that, if disclosed … could cause significant harm to national security.”
Or more to the point, could damage their ability to target people and groups that are unpalatable or in opposition to the semi-retired president and his collection of Chicago mafiosi. Just last year, 468,749 nominations saw only 4,915 were rejected.
Since The Intercept has already leaked the document online, and the destructive and capricious nature of the guidelines places Americans (and foreigners) at grave risk to their freedoms, I’m hosting a copy here and linking to The Intercept.