In what has been termed as a historic repudiation of a cornerstone of the post-9/11 global war on terror, a federal judge ruled the United States of America (USA government’s secretive terrorism watch-list as unconstitutional. This comes even as the administration of Republican President Donald Trump boasts of success in its war against the global menace.
Known as the Terrorist Screening Database, the watch-list included roughly 1.2 million people as of 2017. The list included about 4,600 U.S. citizens or green card holders, many of whom were subjected to arrests at gunpoint and hours-long interrogations by security agencies in the North American global giant.
The decision by the U.S. judge repeatedly cites a secret rulebook, which had been published by The Intercept in 2014, which gave details on how individuals could be “nominated” and placed into the watch-list as a “known or suspected terrorist” without any evidence that the person was actually a terrorist or has committed any crime.
Even as the war on terrorism gathers momentum around the world, it is becoming much more difficult to identify and deal effectively with