I know people have been saying that the no-fly lists are a Kafkaish way of harassing innocent people. However, one could make a strong argument that the lists are just more evidence of BushCo’s Olympic-class incompetence (via The Washington Times):
False identifications based on a terrorist no-fly list have for years prevented some federal air marshals from boarding flights they are assigned to protect, according to officials with the agency, which is finally taking steps to address the problem.
Federal Air Marshals (FAMs) familiar with the situation say the mix-ups, in which marshals are mistaken for terrorism suspects who share the same names, have gone on for years — just as they have for thousands of members of the traveling public.
“In some cases, planes have departed without any coverage because the airline employees were adamant they would not fly,” said the air marshal, who asked not to be named because the job requires anonymity. “I’ve seen guys actually being denied boarding.”
Got it? First BushCo told us that we absolutely, positively had to have AMs on flights or the terrists would win and if we evinced the least bit of discomfort at the thought of some person packing a gun on a flight we were probably terrists too.
Now it turns out the planes can fly without an AM on board and the terrists don’t win.
It also turns out that if a guy shows up for a flight, with a gun and airline employees think he’s a terrist, they don’t summon the militia.