Even Those Cleared of Crimes Can Stay on F.B.I.’s Watch List (nytimes.com)

September 27, 2011 12:00 am

Media Contact
125 Broad Street
18th Floor
New York, NY 10004
United States

The FBI’s terrorist watch list, which contains 420,000 names, including about 8,000 Americans, includes individuals who have been acquitted of terrorism related charges, or who had charges against them dropped. This practice raises significant constitutional concerns since it is almost impossible to know if your name is on a terrorism watch list, and if it is, the impact can ripple though many aspects of your life such as preventing you from boarding planes, entering the country, and even cause additional scrutiny at traffic stops.


By completing this form, I agree to receive occasional emails per the terms of the ACLU’s privacy policy.

The Latest in National Security

ACLU's Vision

The American Civil Liberties Union is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America.

Learn More About National Security

National Security issue image

The ACLU’s National Security Project is dedicated to ensuring that U.S. national security policies and practices are consistent with the Constitution, civil liberties, and human rights.