I can’t understand why so many so-called libertarians defend no-fly lists and related actions like refusing to let Cat Stevens into the US when it is clear to me, a social democrat, that the government can be quite incompetent. I have posted previously about members of Congress being on no-fly lists but now comes the ultimate amusing incident from the Transportation Security Administration.
Still, the TSA is learning. It recently acknowledged that a Federal Air Marshall, unable to fly for weeks when his name was mistakenly put on the “no-fly” list, was in fact not a threat, and removed his name from the list.
If you still think that such a bad list containing “more than 19,000 names” is worth doing, I hope a name similar to yours accidentally gets put on the list. It took the TSA weeks to correct their mistake when one of their own employees who’s the only law enforcement guy on the plane was unable to fly. How long do you reckon it would take you to correct a mistake like that?
Hat tip: Crooked Timber.