NJ Dems: Ban Nelson Mandela


The Star-Ledger’s Matt Freidman tweeted today about the NJ Democrats’ plan to rebrand their party as the Party of Fascism.

The centerpiece of the Democrats’ rebranding is A-3687, which would ban anyone on the Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB, aka “the terrorist watchlist”) from being issued a firearms ID card or permit to purchase a handgun.

According to the testimony of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Terrorist Screening Database or TSDB is the central terrorist watchlist consolidated by the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center and used by multiple agencies to compile their specific watchlists and for screening. The list consists of 400,000 unique names and over 1,000,000 records (some are alias or name variant) as of September 2008.

In 2009, the Washington Post reported that 1,600 names are suggested for addition to the watchlist daily. The watchlist is made up of various components flowing from different agencies within and outside the United States. Not only is the list secret but the process of getting on the list is secret. There is no transparency, no checks and balances and, most importantly, no due process.

The TSDB flies in the face of due process as enshrined in the Bill of Rights to the Constitution of the United States of America.

The Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General has criticized the list for frequent errors and slow response to complaints. Until recently, the list included Nelson Mandela. That’s right, Nelson Mandela!

In a 2007 audit, the OIG found that 38% of a 105 record sample contained inaccuracies. The FBI review of the no-fly list in 2006 reduced its size by half, from 71,872 records to 34,230 records.

New criteria were added to the TSDB in 2010, which led civil liberties groups to raise concerns that it is now “even more likely that individuals who pose no threat will be swept up in the nation’s security apparatus, leading to potential violations of their privacy and making it difficult for them to travel” or, if the New Jersey Democrats have their way, to own a firearm.

“They are secret lists with no way for people to petition to get off or even to know if they’re on,” said Chris Calabrese, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union.

So stay tuned for the New Rebranded NJ Democrats! Armbands anyone?

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