Former Top Criminal Prosecutor on Terrorism Watch List
Posted Jul 15, 2008 6:43 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Jim Robinson oversaw the Justice Department’s criminal division during the Clinton administration, but that didn’t stop his name from ending up on the government’s terrorism watch list.
Robinson says he is often delayed at airports because his name is mistakenly on the list, and he suspects he’s not the only one, the Associated Press reports. "I expect my story is similar to hundreds of thousands of people who are on this list who find themselves inconvenienced,” he said.
Robinson is joining the American Civil Liberties Union in calling on the government to fix the list.
The ACLU is seeking changes that include a right to access and challenge data that led to placement on the list, strict criteria for adding names to the list, and rigorous procedures for updating and cleaning up the list, according to a press release.