Have you ever wondered exactly who the U.S. Government considers to be terrorists? Of course we have all heard about Al Qaida, the IRA and several of the other more commonly known terrorist organizations. However, these are but a few of the multitude of individuals and organizations that the U.S. government believes are engaged in terrorist activities. If you are curious, you can review a list published by the U.S. Department of Treasury last Friday in the Federal Register. The List, titled “Alphabetical Listing of Blocked Persons, Specially Designated Nationals, Specially Designated Terrorists, Specially Designated Global Terrorists, Foreign Terrorist Organizations, and Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers”, reflects the names of individuals and entities subject to the various economic sanctions programs administered by the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. The List is long and hardly distinguished. It includes the more “infamous” names, as well as many others, and makes for interesting reading. Lots of “a.k.a.’s”.
Although I have not seen the government’s “no-fly” list, I would expect to see the same individuals appearing on the U.S. Department of Treasury’s list on the “no-fly” list as well. The List is current as of June 23, 2005.