Today in bad news about the government watching you, we learned that the U.S. government's terrorist watch list has doubled in recent years. What's worse, however, is that the government admits that over 40 percent of the people on that list have "no recognized terrorist group affiliation." None.
The watch list in question is the government's Terrorist Screening Database, and it's currently 680,000 potential terrorists strong, according to classified documents acquired to The Intercept. The 280,000 people with no recognized terrorist group affiliation dwarfs the 130,000 or so people with various al Qaeda affiliations, and makes the 63,000 or so members of the Taliban seem almost insignificant. While the list of people who have been relegated to no fly lists is smaller, all of those on the list are subject to government surveillance. (Who isn't these days?) It's a startling truth to visualize.