—-Police officers and border agents are to treat suspects differently, based on which ‘handling codes’ are in the system. –The database has about 420,000 names, including about 8,000 Americans.
28 Sep 2011 The Federal Bureau of Investigation is permitted to include people on the government’s terrorist watch list even if they have been acquitted of terrorism-related offenses or the charges are dropped, according to newly released documents.
…Officers are never to tell the suspects that they might be on the watch list, and they must immediately call the federal government for instructions. The F.B.I. procedures encourage agents to renominate suspects for the watch list even if they were already put on it by another agency — meaning multiple agencies would have to be involved in any attempt to later remove that person. [Anonymous, publish the d*mned list! What are you waiting for?]
F.B.I.’s ‘Star Chamber’ Terrorist Watch List: Even Those Cleared of Crimes Can Stay On It