Nobel Peace Prize winner and international symbol of freedom Nelson Mandela is flagged on U.S. terrorist watch lists and needs special permission to visit the USA. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice calls the situation "embarrassing," and some members of Congress vow to fix it.
The requirement applies to former South African leader Mandela and other members of South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC), the once-banned anti-Apartheid organization. In the 1970s and '80s, the ANC was officially designated a terrorist group by the country's ruling white minority. Other countries, including the United States, followed suit.
John Stien of Mother Jones writes about it here, with some other interesting people who made the cut:
I do not expect the goverment to be run by brilliant men and women but I do expect some common sense.
This is what happens when every one puts their head in the sand and lets the goverment run unchecked.
Who is putting people on the list?
Who is okaying the names?
Where do you go to see the list?
Some of you might want to check that out you might be on it.
The list has become a running gag and well quite frankly I am ashamed I have not made the list.
I must step my game up.