Friday, December 16, 2005

Infantile Terrorists (literally)

Has the whole anti-terrorism push gone too far?
There's no getting off that no-fly list

Sarah Zapolsky was checking in for a flight to Italy when she discovered that her 9-month-old son's name was on the United States' "no fly" list of suspected terrorists.

"We pointed down to the stroller, and he sat there and gurgled," Zapolsky said, recalling the July incident at Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C. "The desk agent started laughing...She couldn't print us out a boarding pass because he's on the no-fly list."

This seems to be happening quite regularly that people are finding themselves on the no-fly list for no reason. They have access to all the birth and death records, you would think they could link up that data to their own to produce an age specific no-fly list. Not just a name based one.
According to the Transportation Security Administration, more than 28,000 people have applied to the TSA redress office to get on the "cleared list," which takes note of individuals whose names are similar to those on the terrorism watch list, but even getting on that list does not guarantee an end to hassles related to the no-fly list.

The TSA does not reveal how many or which names are actually on the list, and complaints do not get names removed, since those names are also those of suspected terrorists. The best that innocent travelers can hope for is a letter from the TSA that it says should facilitate travel but is no panacea.

If 28,000 people have applied to have their names removed from the no-fly list just because their names are similar to a suspected terrorist, how many people do they have on the list of suspected terrorists?

I wonder how hard it would be to put someone onto the no-fly list, can you just drop the FBI a few anonymous tips about someone?

There's no getting off that no-fly list -

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