You Wanted Government Lists: Here You Go

Since we’ve collectively decided this is such an excellent idea:

We’re all okay with this then, right?


In subdivision one, the bill spells out not one but two ways to get on the terrorist registry:

“Terrorist” means any person who is convicted of any terrorist offense set forth in subdivision two of this section, and/or who has engaged in any verifiable act of terrorism pursuant to subdivision three of this section.

So the first way is precisely what Young says it is: a conviction for terrorism.

But the second way, in subdivision three, doesn’t necessarily require a conviction at all.

In fact, that section includes four separate circumstances under which someone who has never been convicted of terrorism could be placed on the public registry should this bill become law.

The two most concerning of these are in subsections (d) and (e):

(d) listed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s terrorist screening center on the terrorist screening database; and/or 3

(e) identified by the United States Department of Homeland Security, the United States Department of State, the United States Department of Justice, the United States Department of Defense or any of its armed services, the United States Central Intelligence Agency, and/or the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, as a person who has committed a terrorist act against the United States or any of its citizens, and/or who is a member of a designated terrorist organization pursuant to section 1189 of title 8 of the United States Code.

The short version: if the federal government says you’re a terrorist—without providing any concrete proof or due process as required by the Constitution—you’re a terrorist, and New York State will list you in a public terrorist registry.

Okay, yeah, that’s disturbing. If they want a private list of “people to keep an eye on” in NY, then fine, I can see how this list helps. But making it public is beyond the pale.


I’m just glad that something’s being done.

Seriously though, fuck you, NY. This is plain insane.


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