The 'terrorist' batting average
By James Bovard
July 21, 2006
The federal government has inflated the ``No Fly List" to 200,000 names.
But the list has nabbed more members of Congress than it has terrorists.
US Senator Edward M. Kennedy and US Representative John Lewis have been
inconvenienced by it, and anyone named David Nelson is likely to face a
major interrogation each time he flies. Federal officials make it very
difficult to correct the list, thus tormenting citizens who are guilty
of nothing more than having a name resembling a name suspected sometime
by some government official.
Hundreds of disruptions have occurred at American airports since Sept.
11 after security breaches set off fears of terror attacks. The
subsequent lockdowns boosted local television news ratings. Though no
terrorists have been apprehended, thousands of Americans have been
arrested at airports for violating Transportation Security
Administration regulations or other rules.
Federal officials have charged 10 times as many people in terrorist
investigations as they convicted on terrorist-related charges. Bush
declared a year ago that ``federal terrorism investigations have
resulted in charges against more than 400 suspects, and more than half
of those charged have been convicted." But only 39 people were convicted
on crimes tied to terrorism or national security, a Washington Post
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