What we are witnessing with the one million person "watch list" is bureaucracy run amok. One Million Terrorists makes the danger seem overwhelming. Such overwhelming danger rationalizes the aggressive behavior of the bullies and thugs attracted by the power of confiscating your toothpaste and bottled water and riffling your belongings in your luggage.
Show your ID.
Take off your shoes.
Take off your belt.
Take off your jacket.
Empty your pockets.
Don’t complain about being searched without a warrant or you will miss your flight. You might be arrested, handcuffed, kicked and otherwise abused -- the fate of many American citizens.
The morons who comprise the US government call the "watch list" one of the government’s "most effective tools in the fight against terrorism."
What an effective tool it is! It cannot tell the difference between Jim Robinson and a Muslim terrorist.
The "watch list" has not apprehended a single terrorist, but thousands of American citizens have been inconvenienced and arrested.