greg (grysar) wrote,

Thanks to blogger Kevin Drum I've found CBS news article on the airport terrorist watch list. Nothing that wasn't known or suspected here, but there's some good additional detail.

Key quotes:

Gary Smith, John Williams and Robert Johnson are some of those names. Kroft talked to 12 people with the name Robert Johnson, all of whom are detained almost every time they fly. The detentions can include stripsearches and long delays in their travels.

"Well, Robert Johnson will never get off the list," says Donna Bucella, who oversaw the creation of the list and has headed up the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center since 2003. She regrets the trouble they experience, but chalks it up to the price of security in the post-9/11 world. "They're going to be inconvenienced every time …because they do have the name of a person who's a known or suspected terrorist," says Bucella.

Isn't it convenient when the price of security is other people's freedom?

Addendum: Wait, John Williams? Huh... wonder how often the composer flies commercial.
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