posted on 08/02/2003 4:08:13 PM PDT
If this list is used not for airport security but because of the political protests of the people on it, the list is cut from the same cloth as Nixon's "enemies list".
[Bet Hillary is making a little list too,
starting with the 900 FBI files]
Not especially surprising; once the courts have validated the procedure (by which time a new administration will likely be in place), it should be a useful way of keeping right-wing crazies from getting together to make trouble.
posted on 08/02/2003 4:16:51 PM PDT
All secret airports should be banned.
posted on 08/02/2003 4:18:03 PM PDT
I betcha that's why they also shook down Al Gore. As Ann predicted, someday when we are all safely dead, there will be an epic movie made of the abject humiliation that Al Gore and millions of other Americans endured at the hands of the neo-McCarthyite TSA goose-steppers in the dark era of early-21.
posted on 08/02/2003 4:59:26 PM PDT
I agree that this is creepy as Hell. I have no illusions that a system that can stop anti-war protestors cannot also stop NRA members, or people who write the wrong Letter to the Editor, or who send the wrong email to Her Heinous.
"When they came for the gypsies, I did not speak, for I am not a gypsy.
When they came for the Jews, I did not speak, because I wasnt a Jew...
posted on 08/02/2003 5:08:18 PM PDT
by Nick Danger
(The views expressed may not actually be views)
So why am I reading this story in The Independent instead of The Washington Post?
Some "secret." I'll wait until this is independently confirmed by a real media source.
posted on 08/02/2003 7:07:59 PM PDT
by Jay D. Dyson
(But I can't get nothin' that can be bought, so I'll just live with what I got... Lord, forgive me.)
"The agency, she said, had no way of making sure that people did not end up on the list simply because of things they had said or organisations they belonged to."
Well that's sure compelling evidence. She asks obviously bureaucratic administrators to expound on the rules they're adminstering and then announces that they don't seem to know the whys or the hows of the whos. Since the bureaucrat doesn't know (surprise, surprise) the conjecture that this is all politically-motivated can't be disproved and is therefore deemed "truth" until further notice.
I thought the Brits had a proud empirical tradition: this is sadly-reasoned spin.
posted on 08/02/2003 8:00:07 PM PDT
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