72 Ways to End up on the Terrorist Watchlist

Terrorist Watchlist questionnaire

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)

  1. So often I read strong declarations made by patriotic and passionate gun owners swearing to fight anyone attempting to take their guns, or how they will have to pry their guns from their cold, dead, hands. All of that sounds so noble and strong, but how many of those making such bold statements will do the one thing necessary to avoid such violent encounters? All we have to do is VOTE and get our relatives, friends, coworkers to do the same. So simple, yet so many fail to follow through and do this one simple thing to put the gun grabbers back in their closet.

  2. I am a Targeted Individual harassed 24/7 by army of professional criminals. Go to Youtube/Facebook etc and type Gang Stalking and you will see my predicament. I am an honest, hard working, person my entire life do my best to live somewhat a normal life. We are fearful of contacting authorities as it does no good and we are 5150’ed once you mention Gang Stalking. The scenario is absolutely ridiculous and varies from person to person, no rational person wants to believe you. Note: I ordered ammo from CTD three times and some other sites. Not once did it arrive as stated on delivery websites, always appeared next morning on porch. Aside from this everything is vandalized, broken and loved ones always leave you. We can’t all be crazy, its happening in different countries and techniques always same. Said enough, CTD hope you release this msg

  3. I quit engaging on social media almost a year ago. After several Facebook Jail punishments over various opinions and posts, I closed my account. Zuckerberg and his Brown Shirts can kiss my arse. I got along fine without Facebook for most of m life, and I’m getting along fine without it now.

  4. Is this some type of social experiment or psych / IQ test? I think just by posting this comment I’ve made the list. I guess I’ll say I fail on all accounts, and hell my comment makes me sound paranoid, so I’ll just sit here in my easy chair reading the constitution, and wait for the jug heads in the black suits and sunglasses to show up.. I’m a caring guy, so I’ll have that copy of the constitution nice and softened up for them, so they won’t chafe their second point of contact when they wipe with it!

    1. I’d be impressed if you showed some respect to your President. Even if you voted for Hillary he’s still your President.

    2. You have to be kidding, go back to your basement safe space and eat tide pods like every other snowflake.

  5. Nearly everyone on the planet could be classified in one of these categories. I have to ask, how much taxpayer money was spent compiling these lists? And am I now on the terrorist watch list for visiting the sites?

    1. According to this list we are all on the watch list ! Hey , that includes the entire Government also . So the answer is YES , you are on the list and you paid to ne there ! Hahahaha !

  6. Oops! I failed. Seems to be pretty much anyone but Lefties. IÔÇÖll probably be rounded up next Dem president and re-educated or worse. Points out the fact that we arenÔÇÖt as free as we think we are, that freedom of speech doesnÔÇÖt really exist or exist without real world consequences and the ÔÇ£Thought PoliceÔÇØ have certain persons already in their sights and on their lists. Probably just saying what I just said has added another nail. Be safe and be aware.

    1. Interesting that no matter what is type, the system’s response is:
      Duplicate comment detected; it looks as though youÔÇÖve already said that!

    2. Wow, 78 out of 72. Way to go. I havenÔÇÖt added mine up but I am probably somewhere near to you.

  7. Wow!! 36. Hmmmm…….perhaps I should head to the trees a little sooner than I thought. LOL.
    Well if I am on some watch list, oh well. I guess almost everyone I know is also. That list must be millions long.
    Dont really care, been prepped n ready for years. A lil less spry than I used to be, but all my skills are sharp. All my equipment is maintained and ready.
    So, molon labe, si vis pacem para bellum, we are everywhere.

    As always
    Carry on

    1. Yes at some point there is a diminishing return. If everyone is on the list then the list is useless to them…

      I lost count of my score… buy hey, I’ve always figured I was on the list anyway.

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