15,000 Want off the U.S. Terror Watch List

November 8, 2007

Author: Mimi Hall

Source: USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2007-11-06-watchlist_N.htm

WASHINGTON — More than 15,000 people have appealed to the government since February to have their names removed from the terrorist watch list that delayed their travel at U.S. airports and border crossings, the Homeland Security Department says.

The complaints have created such a backlog that members of Congress are calling for a speedier appeal system that would help innocent people clear their names so they won't fall under future suspicion. Among those who have been flagged at checkpoints: toddlers and senior citizens with the same names as suspected terrorists on the watch list.