July 30, 2009 at 10:15 am #76806
Had the opportunity to go purchase a new car within the past week, here in Northern AL., and was amazed that part of the purchasing process was the dealership running my name through A terrorist watch list.
Has anybody else had this experience?
August 2, 2009 at 12:40 am #76810
Jonathan D. AbolinsParticipant
Did the dealership say it was a “terrorism watch list” through which they were running your name?
Most like likely they were running your name through the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control Specially Designated Nationals List (SDN). It is a different list than the the ones compiled by the US FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center, which are the ones often called “terrorism watch lists” or “no-fly lists” by some.
The FBI TSC lists are not accessible to the public but the Treasury SDN list is readily available to the public since the SDN lists are to alert businesses and others of individuals & entities bared from American financial transactions. Some of the SDN listees are connected with terrorism (e.g, with State Department designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations -FTO list). But the SDN list includes individuals & groups associated with other sanctions or restrictions, such as those connected to Cuba, Iran, and North Korea.
Now, there is the question of with what happens if a business runs a customer’s name though the SDN and similar lists and gets a hit. The business is supposed to make sure if the customer is or isn’t really that same person that the SDN has listed. Ah, that part can get interesting. Some vendor might figure it’s easier to not deal with the “hit” than to verify. Many might be confused about what to do. Treasury has some guidance, but I am not seeing a nice clear how-to. Maybe the OFAC’ hotline, 1-800-540-6322. may be helpful.
By the way, I am seeing some US landlords including an “are you on any terrorism lists” questions for prospective tenants. Yes, like real bad guy are going to say “yes…. darn it… we had hoped to use your flat as a lovely safe house.” 😉
August 2, 2009 at 8:46 am #76808
The dealer used the term “terrorist watch list”. I had ASSUMED that this was a requirement that the Federal government had put in place for the “Cash for Clunkers” program. When I bought another car about 4 years ago, the dealer didn’t say anything, and a neighbor, who had bought a car 6 months ago, from the same dealer, wasn’t told anything about scanning through anything other than a credit check.
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