Both lists have been prone to errors and misuse. In 2007, the Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) placed Walter F. Murphy, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Emeritus, at Princeton University, on the no-fly list after he criticized President George W. Bush. Indie actor Mark Ruffalo found himself on the terrorist watch list in 2010 for organizing a screening of an oil-drilling documentary. After criticizing the TSA in 2008, CNN’s Drew Griffin also found himself on the list of potential terrorists.
It took an act of Congress to finally remove Nelson Mandela, the former South African president who helped end apartheid, from the list in 2008.
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