Thursday, January 05, 2006


Is the 'No Fly' List Worthless, or Completely Worthless?

4-Year-Old Boy Prevented from Boarding Plane

Edward Allen's reaction to being on the government's "no-fly" list should have been the tip-off that he is no terrorist. "I don't want to be on the list. I want to fly and see my grandma," the 4-year-old boy said, according to his mother. Sijollie Allen and her son had trouble boarding planes last month because someone with the same name as Edward is on a government terrorist watch list. [...] Other people with common names who have encountered "no-fly" list problems at airports include Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and actor David Nelson from "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet."
I've noticed that, after all the stories of people prevented from flying who are the farthest thing from terrorists, we haven't seen any reports of actual terrorists who have been caught because they bought a plane ticket and were matched up with the No Fly list. I'd be more than happy to forego taking nail scissors on board if they'd dump the No Fly list. It seems to have no purpose except to occasionally embarrass the DHS and more often harass peace activists and other liberals.
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