Your Odds Are Getting Better For Being On Terror Watch List

fbi.pngYou have about a 1 in 5,000 chance of hitting a hole in one in golf. That’s not a very good chance, especially when we’re talking about my game. But that’s about the same odds as being on the US terror list.

From an AFP article:

The Center “had over 700,000 names in its database as of April 2007 and that the list was growing by an average of over 20,000 records per month,” according to a report by the Justice Department Inspector General, the rights group said.

“By those numbers, the list now has over one million names on it,” the ACLU said in a statement.

Among those on the watch list are deceased people, such as former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein who was hanged in 2005, decorated war veterans, and US Senator Ted Kennedy, the ACLU said.

If the world population is currently around 6.68 billion, dividing that by 1,000,000 means there’s a .015% chance of picking a random person on the “no-fly” list. The 1 in 5,000 odds of hitting a hole in one are only .02%. So you’re only slightly more likely to hit a hole in one than randomly pick someone on a ‘no fly’ list.

Happy hunting.

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