Could You be on U.S. Terror Watch List? [the list recently passed the million-name mark
E.D. HILL, HOST: Putting on his trip, he packed his bags, went to the airport, but then he had to, and continues to have to jump through hoops just to get on the plane. Well, you may have guessed it's because his name is on the government's terror watch list. But you wouldn't expect the person getting so much scrutiny is the Justice Department's former top criminal prosecutor.
Here now is former assistant attorney general, Jim Robinson.
HILL: Now, what happens when you tried to get your name off the list?
ROBINSON: Well, I filled out the TSA forms, sent in copies of my passport and my driver's license and my voter's registration card and frankly.
HILL: How long ago?
ROBINSON: I did that in May of 2005.
HILL: Three years ago?
HILL: What's happened since then?
ROBINSON: Nothing has really changed.
HILL: Now, some say that the names of the worst terrorists don't make it on the list and this sounds kind of crazy, but the reasoning is, that officials fear the lists are floating around and that those lists then could alert the people they're looking for. Now, is that a valid concern? Does that basically short circuit the goal of the list?
ROBINSON: Well, I think it does short circuit the goal, which is to keep terrorists and suspected terrorists from flying. The GAO has done a report on all of this, a study, and they found that a number of suspected and known terrorists haven't been on the list. And there's some serious doubt as to the accuracy of the thousands and thousands of people who are on the list.