We're getting a little fixated on how the "terrorist watch list" has become part of national conversations. Since the fervor around the misguided "No Fly, No Buy" legislation has receded, we're finding ways to keep pushing for reform, including a Congressional briefing tomorrow. And while we're at it, we've been reminded of just why the government's watch listing practices need to be debated and reformed. Typically cloaked in secrecy, there have been several leaks and cases over the past few years that are cause for deep concern. Like when we learned that a single tweet can land you on a watch list. Or when we learned that U.S. citizens need representation by the ACLU in a high profile case to even be given the chance to challenge their presence on a watch list. And just this week we caught wind of a new legal case out of California where an Arab American man alleges that the FBI tried to coerce him into becoming an informant with the promise of taking him off a watch list (which one, nobody knows). The man refused, and was denied a security clearance and therefore a desperately needed job that required the clearance (and which started this whole mess). As you can see, change is needed and you can help by asking your Representative to join the call for the redress process to be reformed. It's one small part of a big, complicated reform process. But hopefully it can help a few people in the meantime, while also keeping all of us safer by ensuring that our list of terrorists only includes terrorists. 

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