Newly released documents by the the non-profit organization The Intercept reveal that roughly 40 percent of the individuals on the Obama administration’s Terrorist Screening Database list had “no recognized terrorist group affiliation,” as of 2013.
Documents obtained by The Intercept by a member of the intelligence community show that there were an estimated 680,000 individuals on the federal government’s terrorist watch list in 2013. Tens-of-thousands belonged to al Qaeda, Hamas, the Taliban and other known terrorist groups, but 280,000 were categorized as not having a known terrorist affiliation.
Since president Obama has taken office, the number of individuals on the no-fly list has increased ten-fold, The Intercept reported Tuesday.
“If everything is terrorism, then nothing is terrorism,” says David Gomez, a former senior FBI special agent, the watchdog reported. He added that the system is “revving out of control.”
In addition to the revelations of the Terrorist Screening Database list, the non-profit noted that a “selectee list” of individuals who are marked for heightened security at airports has grown to at least 16,000. The number of Americans on that list stood at 1,200 people as of 2013.