For a Terrorist Watch List Review Board

Anyone on the list should be able to file a demand for review by a board independent of the agencies that maintain the list.

If Barack Obama wants to see his popularity hit 110% his first week in office, I’d suggest one simple step: publish an Executive Order establishing a Terrorist Watch List Review Board and a process by which any citizen or permanent resident who has been stopped at the border but then cleared for entry to the country can file a demand (by email) that his case be reviewed. Whoever put his name on the list would have 15 days to provide a written justification for doing so, which the Review Board would review in secret, after which it could order the removal of that person’s name from the list.

Here’s a first-hand account of the nightmare of being stuck on the list.

h/t Kevin Drum

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: