Businesses checking customers' names against a Treasury Department terrorist watch list sometimes deny services to innocent people, according to a report released Tuesday by civil rights lawyers.Now the law has no price limit. Sell a subway sandwich to someone on the list, and you're screwed.
The 250-page list, posted publicly on a Treasury Department Web site, is being used by credit bureaus, health insurers and car dealerships, as well as employers and landlords, according to the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area.
"We have found that an increasing number of everyday consumers are being flagged as potential terrorists by private businesses merely because they have a name that's similar to someone on this government watch list," said the report's author, Shirin Sinnar, an attorney with the Asian Law Caucus.
This is the part that makes me go ape shit crazy
The screening may be legitimate in some cases, the lawyers acknowledged, but they encouraged greater government regulation to prevent ensnaring those who simply share a name with a listed individual.More regulation. Then they will pass regulations to fix the regulations that were there to fix the original regulations. ad infinitum