An enormous number of people had found their way onto “The List.” When people talked about being on a watch list, what they usually meant, though they likely didn’t know it, was either TIDE, the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment, or the FBI’s domestic terrorist watch list. Although TIDE, maintained by the NCTC, had been repeatedly subject to newer cleverer acronyms, the main characteristics stayed constant:
1. You don’t want to be on it.
2. If you’re on it, you probably don’t know it.
3. There were many reasons you could be put on it and only a tiny number of reasons for you to ever be removed from it.
4. If you’re on it, you probably know others who are on it.
5. If you’re not on it, you probably ...