The New York Daily News is continuing their insane attempt to use fears of terrorism to deny nearly a million Americans due process before stripping them of their basic human rights, including 300,000 on watch lists with no ties of any kind to terrorist groups.
Under the gun, with its leader nowhere to be found, the NRA faced a fusillade of new criticism Sunday for prioritizing gun rights over prevention of a Paris-style massacre in the U.S.
Showing no shame, National Rifle Association head Wayne LaPierre remained conspicuously silent about his organization’s opposition to a bill that would keep guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists.
Sen. Charles Schumer and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton issued separate calls for inside-the-beltway boneheads to stand up to the powerful gun lobby and pass a bill prohibiting people on the terrorist watchlist from buying firearms.
Hundreds of thousands of American citizens have been placed on terror watch lists for no reason at all by faceless and unaccountable bureaucrats for arbitrary reasons, or no reason at all.
I discussed this issue with Cam Edwards of Cam & Company last week (starts 20 minutes in).
I was added to a watch list in January of 2013 for writing an article, and Cam spoke with a number of other people who’d been added to terrorist watch lists for doing something as innocuous as accidentally using an expired credit card to buy a plane ticket. Another lady was flagged by Homeland Security for hopping among various travel sites trying to find the best deal on a flight to Ireland.
It took the later lady eighteen months to get her name off the list.
Ted Kennedy was on the no-fly list. Many active duty military servicemen are on these lists. One in every 300 Americans is on a terror watch list, for reasons that vary from very good (ties to known terrorist groups) to utterly arbitrary (using a travel web site in a “suspicious manner”).
The Daily Mail call to attack the NRA and rank-and-file Americans is nothing more or less than a totalitarian attempt to undermine the constitutional rights of all Americans.
I’d suggest that a boycott of the Daily News and their advertisers is warranted, except that I don’t know anyone who reads them.