A Tool of Intimidation

Mary O’Hara examines the Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB) used by the U.S. Department of Justice. As recklessly applied by federal and local law enforcement, TSDB has become a tool of intimidation to discourage U.S. citizens from exercising their legal rights to free speech, free press, freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom to travel. Denying citizens due process by detaining, arresting and interrogating them because they attended a legal protest or wrote an article critical of government policy has become a major concern for civil liberties advocates in the US. Instilling fear in the minds of normal citizens seems to be the primary purpose of the TSDB; indeed, it’s very existence and arbitrary administration suggests that is it’s only purpose.

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