Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Terror Gap, oh, noes

From HuffPo

Under current U.S. law, there are several ways a person can fail the background check required to purchase a gun. Being on the FBI's terrorist watch list is not one of them.
A group of military veterans is hoping to fix that problem by reviving a long-stalled bill, the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act. The proposed law would allow the FBI to block gun sales to people on the watch list, closing what the veterans call the "terror gap."

First, I'm a Military Veteran and I don't support this and I'm gonna tell you why. According to the boys over at the F.B.I.

Are there U.S. citizens in the TSDB?

Yes. U.S. citizens are included in TSDB if, under HSPD-6, there is a reasonable suspicion that they are known or reasonably suspected of terrorism.

Can I find out if I am in the TSDB?

The TSC cannot reveal whether a particular person is in the TSDB. 

So, you can be put on this list, and not know it. There is, of course, a Redress Procedure, but...

TSC cannot confirm or deny whether an individual is on the watchlist


The TSC does not accept redress inquiries directly from the public.

Even if you find out that your name is on the list, the boys won't confirm or deny it and you can't take up your beef with the FBI, you have to contact the agency that put you on the list, but you don't know who did that, because the boys can't tell you who's been snooping on you. Catch-22 much?

But but but, you say. There is that Homeland Security Presidential Directive number 6, that must be some type of guideline of who may be a terrorist. NO! now go to the corner.  HSPD-6 is an administrative directive telling the heads of the several agencies to be nice and work together.

So, who can be put on this "list"? Who is so nefarious that they would be considered a potential terrorist? Public has a comprehensive list of flyers that were put out by the FBI and DOJ. According to these flyers, you might be a terrorist if you:
pay cash, are missing limbs or digits, smell, have stained clothes, are clueless about your electronic purchase, are are a new customer, if you refuse to show and ID when making a purchase, have more than three days, worth of food, disagree with government policy, nervous or impatient, a new farmer, use a rental vehicle, use a business partner's credit card, take notes at a mall, exercise your rights protcted by 1A, etc, etc, etc to infinity.

Back to the article:

This is common-sense legislation that does not infringe on a gun-owner’s rights

Negative Ghost Rider. This would infringe on the rights of the citizen without due process and in violation of the Constitution.

A 2011 report by the Government Accounting Office found that from February 2004 to February 2010, "individuals on the terrorist watch list were involved in firearm or explosives background checks 1,228 times; 1,119 (about 91 percent) of these transactions were allowed to proceed because no prohibiting information was found."

1,119 suspected terrorist, over the course of 6 years, have purchased a firearm and we've had how many mass shooting from suspected terrorist? chirp....chirp...Yep, that's what I thought.

I think I just made that list, I have to go now.......

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