Listening to the rather lengthy ABC news story tonight about the plane flight cancellations, turn-backs, escorts, etc., and the discussion of this developing "list" of terrorist suspects, I remember a story not to long ago about someone named, I think, Dennis Miller, who has been banned from flying because his name in on The List
. How many Dennis Millers, (or whatever his rather common name was), are there, and how many middle eastern Arabs have very similar, to us, sounding and spelled names? (Can't find the link to that article at the moment)
I can only ask myself, what good is such a list, because if I were going to hijack a plane, or pay someone to do so, would I use my real name or his, would I buy a ticket using my or his name and city/country of origin? Not on your life! One of the things I have always found the most suspect about the 9/11 hijacker identification is that their passports were supposedly found and they were "identified" within 24 hours, yet six of them are still alive and living in the middle east (http://www.cooperativeresearch.org/timeline/2001/londontimes092001.html)
This whole idea of a "list" which is somehow definitive seems to me beyond the realm of realistic. I can't imagine what this airline hocus-pokus is costing us and the industry, and for what, exactly. So here we are, once again being terrified, not by terrorists, but by our own government!