[Ed. – It’s a fair question, given that people like the late Senator Ted Kennedy and an 8-year-old Cub Scout have ended up on the list. There is no conceivable way that providing a ballpark number of names on the list could compromise the work of homeland security or law enforcement forces.]
“How many Americans are on the terrorist watch list?” ABC’s Jonathan Karl asked Lynch on “This Week.”
“You know, we don’t provide those exact numbers,” Lynch responded.
“Can you give me a range? I mean, what are we talking about here?” Karl followed up.
“Well, as I say, we don’t provide those exact numbers,” Lynch responded.
(Speaking on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) saidthat “99.9 percent” of people on the terror watchlist “are foreign” and “less than a half of one percent are Americans. So this essentially is the watch list which covers the no-fly list, the Selectee List and others. It is mainly foreign names given by foreign intelligence agencies, foreign law enforcement officers, plus our own.”)
Lynch supports an amendment sponsored by Feinstein that would bar gun sales to people who end up on the government’s secretive terror watch list. Even the late Sen. Ted Kennedy mistakenly ended up on that list years ago.