Ala. Ends Terror Watch List

Associated Press
Monday, May 28, 2007

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The Alabama Department of Homeland Security has taken down a Web site it operated that included gay rights and antiwar organizations in a list of groups that could include terrorists.

The Web site identified different types of terrorists and listed groups it said could spawn terrorists. The list also included environmentalists, animal rights advocates and abortion opponents.

Jim Walker, director of the department, said his agency received a number of calls and e-mails saying the site unfairly targeted certain people because of their beliefs. He said that he plans to put the Web site back up but that it will no longer identify specific types of groups.

Howard Bayliss, chairman of Equality Alabama, said he does not understand why gay rights groups such as his would be on the list.

"Our group has only had peaceful demonstrations. I'm deeply concerned we've been profiled in this discriminatory matter," he said.

Walker said the site had been up since spring 2004 and had received few hits until it recently became the subject of blogs.

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