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Rethinking Terror Lists


Rethinking Terror Lists

Terror lists are very much in vogue. Long the province of the U.S. State Department, which annually releases its Country Reports on Terrorism, the business of indexing terror organizations and “sponsor” states has diversified, with assorted think tanks and for-profit firms releasing their own, sometimes politically-colored rosters ( Now the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adds its brush to this canvas, crafting a blacklist of companies that report dealings with “state sponsors” of terrorism in their annual filings to the commission. SEC Chairman Christopher Cox says the project aims to protect investors from “indirectly subsidizing a terrorist state” (AP). But the list prompts outrage from companies and stirs debate more generally on the wisdom of releasing terror lists, given the potentially radioactive diplomatic consequences they tend to provoke.


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