In an editorial published in the Washington Post today, Leonard Boyle, director of the U.S. Terrorist Screening Center reacted to the recent media coverage of the terror watch list and defended the list for its effectiveness.
He said myths abound about the list specifically that there are now one million names on it, as reported by the ACLU. These data were misinterpreted he said. There are over one million entries into the list, but those correspond to a mere 400,000 individuals “that represent a tiny fraction of the more than 6.6 billion people on our planet.”
Point taken, but it still can’t be argued that intelligence services are therefore going by a pinpoint approach. With that many names you could incorporate the entire nation of Iceland or Mongolia.