The announcement that the FBI’s “No Fly List” had more than doubled to over 21,000 names from 10,000 last year caused plenty of uproar.
But there’s something equally troubling in the FBI’s justification for this expansion, which was attributed to changes made after the underwear bomber incident on Christmas Day 2009.
Namely that it took two years for the FBI to learn from its mistakes.
The list now includes people who are “deemed to be a threat to national security” or who “have gone to terrorist training camps.” Previously it included only people who represented “a specific threat to take down an aeroplane.”
According to CNN, “…AbdulMutallab’s father was a respected businessman and would have been viewed as a credible single source under the new procedures. The official said all the changes are evidence the listing process has ‘matured.'”
It took two years to make this simple change?
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