Well it looks like the terrorist watch list has topped 1 Million names this month. That’s 1 million people who are not allowed to fly. Just to prove just how easy it is to get on the list for no reason, the list includes names like Senator Kennedy, Nelson Mandela, Congressman Don Young, etc.
Another problem with the no fly list is the inclusion of common names without any other identifying information, causing multiple people with the same name to be interrogated and harassed for hours on end. Some of these names are Robert Johnson, John Williams, John Anderson, and so on.
In fact I found out that my own father’s name is on the list. He has a very common name. The last time he flew he had no problem so it must have been a recent addition. I shudder to think what will happen to him the next time he tries to fly.
This the perfect example of the famous saying, if you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail. If you give the government broad and overreaching anti-terroism powers, everyone becomes a terrorist to them, even their own people.