A new leaker after Edward Snowden? Should we declare him a traitor?
I’d love some reader feedback about this one. You may remember back on July 24 that I posted about “The Definition of Terrorist Expanding Under Barack Obama.” The Obama Administration has been adding to the database of terrorists using standards that are not officially secret and yet are kept secret.
This story originally came from the Intercept. Yesterday they published a related story:
Nearly half of the people on the U.S. government’s widely shared database of terrorist suspects are not connected to any known terrorist group, according to classified government documents obtained by The Intercept.
Of the 680,000 people caught up in the government’s Terrorist Screening Database—a watchlist of “known or suspected terrorists” that is shared with local law enforcement agencies, private contractors, and foreign governments—more than 40 percent are described by the government as having “no recognized terrorist group affiliation.” That category—280,000 people—dwarfs the number of watchlisted people suspected of ties to al Qaeda, Hamas, and Hezbollah combined.
The documents, obtained from a source in the intelligence community, also reveal that the Obama Administration has presided over an unprecedented expansion of the terrorist screening system. Since taking office, Obama has boosted the number of people on the no fly list more than ten-fold, to an all-time high of 47,000—surpassing the number of people barred from flying under George W. Bush.
“If everything is terrorism, then nothing is terrorism,” says David Gomez, a former senior FBI special agent. The watchlisting system, he adds, is “revving out of control.”
So you can see why the government is saying they have a new leaker, as CNN reports.
So here is my question:
Is it really none of our business that the government is massively expanding the number of terrorists to watch so that many of these “terrorists” are entirely unaffiliated?