72 Ways to End up on the Terrorist Watchlist

By Dave Dolbee published on in General

Come and Take It!, Molon Labe!, From My Cold Dead Hands! We have all heard the phrases and likely repeated many of them at one time or another, in or out of context to the Second Amendment and our rights. After a friend received a call the other day from the FBI due to a Facebook post, my interest was piqued and the search began. Quickly, it became apparent just how easy it is (or was) to get yourself put on a watchlist.

Terrorist Watchlist questionnaire

Terrorist Watchlist questionnaire

The details are rather scary and closely tied to the Obama administration. However, the links below all go to official U.S. Government sites and documents. It seems the Obama administration cast a fairly wide net when it came to labeling someone as a terrorist or ‘potential terrorist.’ How wide is that net today? Unfortunately, I do not know, but I’d bet many of you do.

Back in the days before the 44th President, the term ‘terrorist’ brought with it a rather narrow definition that was applied to the worst of the worst. Terrorist was reserved for people such as Osama bin Laden and Islamic jihadists bent of committing mass murder to support their political/religious agenda. However, our country (at least at the Executive level) went through a transformation. Many of us heard about it, but may or may not have fully understood the implications. Instead of simple political correctness by removing all references to Islam from government training materials, the term ‘terrorist’ or at least ‘potential terrorist’ started being applied to large groups of people—and by people I mean American citizens.

I do not want to run around screaming that the sky is falling or claim we all need to suddenly go dark or jump off the grid. However, could reading a firearm related blog such as this earn you a spot as a ‘potential terrorist’ under the government’s definition? How about posting your support for the Second Amendment and the right of self-defense to social media? What if you said nothing at all, but someone else included you in a photo or facial recognition software identified (or misidentified) you? The answers to these and many more questions are in the following links, but you’ll have to do some research and decide for yourself—however, even as the editor and senior writer for this blog, I have passed many, many backgrounds for permits, TSA precheck, Form 4473… So, my recommendation would be to read the following carefully, but not to read to much into the documents.

The documents predate August 2015, so take that into account. We have a new President and administration. I am not sure how up-to-date or applicable to today’s administration some of these linked documents or sites may be, but they will make you think and with the midterm elections around the corner. For example, today I received a form letter from one of my state senators, Tammy Duckworth, about how she supported common sense gun control and opposed national concealed carry reciprocity, blah, blah, blah. Our votes count; use them wisely.

Here is the list of 72 types of Americans that are considered to be ‘potential terrorists’ in official U.S. government documents as of August 2015.

Each listing below is an active link to the original source documentation indicating when and where the listed ‘subversives’ were originally considered a threat:

1. Those that talk about “individual liberties”

2. Those that advocate for states’ rights

3. Those that want “to make the world a better place”

4. “The colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule”

5. Those that are interested in “defeating the Communists”

6. Those that believe “that the interests of one’s own nation are separate from the interests of other nations or the common interest of all nations”

7. Anyone that holds a “political ideology that considers the state to be unnecessary, harmful, or undesirable”

8. Anyone that possesses an “intolerance toward other religions”

9. Those that “take action to fight against the exploitation of the environment and/or animals”

10. “Anti-Gay”

11. “Anti-Immigrant”

12. “Anti-Muslim”

13. “The Patriot Movement”

14. “Opposition to equal rights for gays and lesbians”

15. Members of the Family Research Council

16. Members of the American Family Association

17. Those that believe that Mexico, Canada and the United States “are secretly planning to merge into a European Union-like entity that will be known as the ‘North American Union’”

18. Members of the American Border Patrol/American Patrol

19. Members of the Federation for American Immigration Reform

20. Members of the Tennessee Freedom Coalition

21. Members of the Christian Action Network

22. Anyone that is “opposed to the New World Order”

23. Anyone that is engaged in “conspiracy theorizing”

24. Anyone that is opposed to Agenda 21

25. Anyone that is concerned about FEMA camps

26. Anyone that “fears impending gun control or weapons confiscations”

27. The militia movement

28. The sovereign citizen movement

29. Those that “don’t think they should have to pay taxes”

30. Anyone that “complains about bias”

31. Anyone that “believes in government conspiracies to the point of paranoia”

32. Anyone that “is frustrated with mainstream ideologies”

33. Anyone that “visits extremist websites/blogs” 

34. Anyone that “establishes website/blog to display extremist views”

35. Anyone that “attends rallies for extremist causes”

36. Anyone that “exhibits extreme religious intolerance”

37. Anyone that “is personally connected with a grievance”

38. Anyone that “suddenly acquires weapons”

39. Anyone that “organizes protests inspired by extremist ideology”

40. “Militia or unorganized militia”

41. “General right-wing extremist”

42. Citizens that have “bumper stickers” that are patriotic or anti-U.N.

43. Those that refer to an “Army of God”

44. Those that are “fiercely nationalistic (as opposed to universal and international in orientation)”

45. Those that are “anti-global”

46. Those that are “suspicious of centralized federal authority”

47. Those that are “reverent of individual liberty”

48. Those that “believe in conspiracy theories”

49. Those that have “a belief that one’s personal and/or national ‘way of life’ is under attack”

50. Those that possess “a belief in the need to be prepared for an attack either by participating in paramilitary preparations and training or survivalism”

51. Those that would “impose strict religious tenets or laws on society (fundamentalists)”

52. Those that would “insert religion into the political sphere”

53. Anyone that would “seek to politicize religion”

54. Those that have “supported political movements for autonomy”

55. Anyone that is “anti-abortion”

56. Anyone that is “anti-Catholic”

57. Anyone that is “anti-nuclear”

58. “Rightwing extremists”

59. “Returning veterans”

60. Those concerned about “illegal immigration”

61. Those that “believe in the right to bear arms”

62. Anyone that is engaged in “ammunition stockpiling”

63. Anyone that exhibits “fear of Communist regimes”

64. “Anti-abortion activists”

65. Those that are against illegal immigration

66. Those that talk about “the New World Order” in a “derogatory” manner

67. Those that have a negative view of the United Nations

68. Those that are opposed “to the collection of federal income taxes”

69. Those that supported former presidential candidates Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin and Bob Barr

70. Those that display the Gadsden Flag (“Don’t Tread On Me”)

71. Those that believe in “end times” prophecies

72. Evangelical Christians

Just for fun score yourself. Without reading each document or visiting each link, but based on the title alone, how many of these could apply to you? One point each, for a maximum score of 72. Enter your score, thoughts, and results of your research in the comment section.

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Comments (49)

  • Doug

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    Looks like I’m on several lists somewhere! LOL. Nothing new there since I got a social security card, drivers license and registered for selective service. My only solution would be to drop off the grid and stay out of sight. I like my home and my neighbors are OK, so I guess I have to live with it.

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  • Jon D. Kelley

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    19/72. But then, I /know/ I’ve been on a watch list since Clinton (since I was working on the tarmac at San Jose Airport on a day when AF1 was flying in, and USSS “escorted me off the site in the interest of Presidential security…”)

    Domestic terrorist? Kids, I used to /hunt/ terrorists! Don’t paint me with that brush…

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  • Ron

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    I scored a 33 out of that list.

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  • Brad

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    I guess that I would have been on this list, as I scored over fifty. Reading some of the documentation tempered that score a little, but it is still frightening to consider how involved our government is in our personal lives.

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  • Roy E Hurley

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    I only scored 59 , but I believe I get a bonus point for liking this post and leaving a comment.

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  • Roger

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    I read a couple and they sounds like something Hitler would have written about the Jews, gypsy, scholiast or communist. We all know if a government fears it’s citizens, the citizens should fear that government.

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  • Lord hummus

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    3-4/72. Alot of this is pretty vague with broad blanket definitions. If you’re worried about being watched the government has this wonderful thing called FOIA where you can learn about yourself by submitting the right papers and a small fee to whatever agency you like.
    I’m rather surprised the author neglected that the dhs and fbi had a joint list of books and articles( all of which are available at the local library) that were labeled as red flag materials way back during the bush administration.Though upon typing this comment and considering who actually belongs on this list( and seeing some of those people here) it occurs to me that they probably have no idea what a library is.

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  • Jim Huitt

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    GUESS I’LL BE JUDGED AS HALF A TERRORIST. ONLY REALLY FIT ABOUT HALF. WONDER IF I’LL BE PICKED FOR THIS COMMENT. THINK “THEY” MIGHT BE WATCHING THE SHOOTERS BLOG?

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  • johnrj460

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    So, the upsurge in gun purchases during the Obama administration was a phishing expedition to get information on who has guns, etc?? It did seem the leniency over gun laws was out of sync with the liberal protocol. They seem to spend a lot more planning and purposeful brainstorming to accomplish their agenda than conservatives do. We’re all too busy living and enjoying the freedoms we have.

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  • Dave

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    I agree that we have to watch our government like a hawk, because the balance between security and personal freedom is very tricky business and definitely subject to abuse. For most Americans, actually reading and understanding the Constitution would be a great place to start (especially the tenth amendment!). However, listing these “groups” out without any context is pretty misleading. Most people won’t go to the trouble of actually looking at the documents to understand that (i.e., all evangelical Christians are not considered terrorists).

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