The objective of terrorism, as I understand it, isn’t just to inspire fear… it’s to create chaos and to cause your target as much distress as possible with minimal effort.
Well, it’s working. The TSA “Terrorist Watch” list not only has horribly inaccurate information it also… doesn’t work.
As this article and this video show, three James Robinsons are on the terrorist watch list. The eldest was an assistant attorney general during the Clinton administration and served as US attorney in Detroit, Michigan. The next eldest is a retired Air National Guard brigadier general and, currently, a commercial pilot for a major airline who is certified by the TSA to carry a weapon on board with him to guard against terrorist takeovers. The youngest James Robinson is eight years old and doesn’t even know the meaning of the word “terrorist”.
All three discovered their names were on the list three years ago. All three of them have filed the necessary paperwork required to get their names OFF the list. Every single one of them is still ON the list.
The funniest part? All three of them have found ways around the hassles of being on the list so that it’s no longer an issue. The parents of the youngest use a skycap service that automatically gets their tickets and boarding passes for them, and they’ve also learned that booking their son as J. Pierce Robinson has also let them bypass all the hassle. Captain James Robinson now books his flights under “Jim” or “J. K.”, neither of which get him flagged.
The report who started the story began it all because he found himself
on the list a while back. His solution? When he books his flights he
runs his first and second names together without a space. This alone is
sufficient to bypass the “security” feature.
The upshot? The list doesn’t work. If normal everyday people who are on the list by accident can get around the effects of the list simply as a matter of convenience, I seriously doubt the list is of any effect against terrorists.
And when the TSA hires such mental giants like the inspector who accidentally grounded nine jets by using their sensitive instruments as step ladders to conduct “security checks”… all I can say is, the terrorists must be laughing their asses off. Because even from over here it all looks like a bad Abbott and Costello routine.