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hoffmang
12-29-2009, 3:09 PM
From the MAIG Blueprint, I noticed the following GAO report that outlines how many times someone on the Terrorist Watchlist has attempted to buy firearms or obtain an explosives permit:

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d09125r.pdf

It's interesting as GAO is generally non ideological. I would like to know more about how the matches were confirmed but it does look like they were using birthdate and in some places birth country - which should lead to pretty strong matches. What is also not spelled out is how the watch list itself has changed as there are about 4 different flavors of watch list now.

Anyway, this is a more nuanced issue than I had first thought when I had heard proposals to change the law. It is clear that DOJ/FBI would like way too much latitude on this and there remain real challenges with how one either gets on or gets off the no fly list but it is something to keep an eye on.

-Gene