Fighting terrorism with paper

Kyle Miller

WATCH a video about the new terrorist fighting form.

The state of Ohio wants to catch terrorists, so it’s using a technique that hasn’t been done before. It’s not using weapons such as guns or bombs. It’s using a piece of paper.

People who are in the final stages for public employment, state licenses and business contracts with state funding must fill out a form. It’s called the Declaration Regarding Material Assistance/Non-Assistance to a Terrorist Organization, or the DMA for short.

Click here to download the DMA form.

The form asks if you’re a member of a terrorist organization, if you’ve funded a terrorist organization or committed a terrorist act.

David Winn works for the Ohio State Department of Public Safety. He’s in charge of this terrorist-tracking form.

“There’s no tracking mechanism, there’s no database in the sky that has all these names of all these people and what they’ve answered,” Winn said.

The DMA is a provision of Senate Bill 9. It was passed into law in April 2006.

Winn said the state of Ohio has caught no terrorists and has revoked no state licenses.

“It’s purely a paperwork process,” he said.

Jeff Jacobson, a former Ohio state senator, wrote the bill and said it’s about catching people who lie on the form.

If someone selects “no” on the form, and they should have selected “yes,” then the state of Ohio has a reason to take criminal action against them.

But they haven’t done that yet. The state has caught no terrorists from this form.