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The [Wednesday] Papers

"Nearly half of the people on the U.S. government's widely shared database of terrorist suspects are not connected to any known terrorist group, according to classified government documents obtained by The Intercept.

"Of the 680,000 people caught up in the government's Terrorist Screening Database - a watchlist of 'known or suspected terrorists' that is shared with local law enforcement agencies, private contractors, and foreign governments - more than 40 percent are described by the government as having 'no recognized terrorist group affiliation.' That category - 280,000 people - dwarfs the number of watchlisted people suspected of ties to al-Qaeda, Hamas, and Hezbollah combined.

"The documents, obtained from a source in the intelligence community, also reveal that the Obama Administration has presided over an unprecedented expansion of the terrorist screening system. Since taking office, Obama has boosted the number of people on the no fly list more than ten-fold, to an all-time high of 47,000 - surpassing the number of people barred from flying under George W. Bush."


"When U.S. officials refer to 'the watchlist,' they typically mean the TSDB, an unclassified pool of information shared across the intelligence community and the military, as well as local law enforcement, foreign governments, and private contractors. According to the government's watchlisting guidelines, published by The Intercept last month, officials don't need 'concrete facts' or 'irrefutable evidence' to secretly place someone on the list - only a vague and elastic standard of 'reasonable suspicion.'"


According to the documents, the government does much more than simply stop watchlisted people at airports.

"It also covertly collects and analyzes a wide range of personal information about those individuals - including facial images, fingerprints, and iris scans.

"In the aftermath of last year's Boston Marathon bombing, the Directorate of Terrorist Identities began an aggressive program to collect biometric data and other information on all Americans on the TIDE list. 'This project includes record by record research of each person in relevant Department of State and [intelligence community] databases, as well as bulk data requests for information,' the documents note.

"The DTI also worked on the subsequent Chicago Marathon, performing 'deep dives' for biometric and other data on people in the Midwest whose names were on the TIDE list. In the process, the directorate pulled the TIDE records of every person with an Illinois, Indiana, or Wisconsin driver license.

"DTI's efforts in Boston and Chicago are part of a broader push to obtain biometric information on the more than one million people targeted in its secret database. This includes hundreds of thousands of people who are not watchlisted.

"In 2013, the directorate's Biometric Analysis Branch (BAB) launched an initiative to obtain biometric data from driver's license records across the country. At least 15 states and the District of Columbia are working with the directorate to facilitate access to facial images from driver's licenses. In fiscal year 2013, 2,400 such images were provided for inclusion in the secret TIDE database."




Illegal Spying Below
"While it is only one of several data centers, for many people the Bluffdale facility has become a symbol out-of-control, unconstitutional, dragnet surveillance."

Electronic Intifada In Evanston
Plus: Race Theorist Abe Lincoln, Great Lakes Segregation, The Birth Of Korean Cool & Posner v. Sherlock Holmes. In Local Book Notes.

Cubs Cupboard Wasn't Bare After All
Just their bank account for player payroll was.

Fantasy Fix: Javy?
Dual eligibility and defense.

Chicago's Korean Festival Not Going Strong
Just trying to survive to see another year. See you there!

Sword Of Justice!
They say that prison is a college; well, this dude got an education!


* Obama's Lawyers Sought Permission To Change The Historical Record Of A Public Court Proceeding.

Worst. President. Ever.

* Sioux Falls Chamber To Shake Up Annual Meeting With Chicago Concert.

The band, not the city.

* Groupon Loss Widens.

Perhaps a merger with Uber is in order: Grouper.

* Former Chicago Bear Agrees To 25 Years In Prison.

From Wikipedia:

"Despite his spectacular college career, Lewis' stock fell quickly after he tested positive for cocaine at the NFL Combine. He was selected in the sixth round of the 1991 NFL Draft (161st overall pick) by the Chicago Bears. Lewis was the only player to test positive for drugs at the combine, and Chicago general manager Bill Tobin said that he thought a different player had tested positive. Tobin considered not inviting Lewis to minicamp."

It's true.

"Lewis spent portions of three seasons with the Bears. His best NFL season came in 1992, when he appeared in 16 games and gained 382 yards on 90 rushing attempts. In October 1993, Lewis was arrested and charged with battery following a domestic dispute The Bears released Lewis later that month after the team signed running back Tim Worley. Chicago head coach Dave Wannstedt said that if something happened to starting running back Neal Anderson, he was not comfortable that Lewis could take over starting duties.

"Lewis played in 33 games for the Bears, starting five of them and totaling 431 rushing yards in his career."

* On Chicago Time.

* Rare Color Photos Of MLK Leading The Chicago Freedom Movement.

* Illustrating The News.

* U of Illinois Apparently Revokes Job Offer To Controversial Scholar.


The Beachwood Tip Line: It's true.


Posted on August 6, 2014

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POLITICS - UIC: Soda Taxes Work.
SPORTS - More McCaskey Malpractice.

BOOKS - All About Poop.


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