A list of potential threats to airline safety is being contested by the ACLU.
The ACLU contends that the technology behind the no-fly list snags an unknown number of people in a kind of identity miss-match, flagging law abiding citizens as suspected terrorists.
“This is a case about innocent people who found out their government considers them potential terrorists,” said Reginald Shuford, the lead ACLU attorney in the case. “For our clients and thousands like them, getting on a plane means repeated delays and the stigma of being singled out as a security threat in front of their family, their fellow passengers and the flight crew,” Shuford said.
I wonder how many people are on the list. I’m positive that the ACLU will be able to march out many people on the list that appear to be completely safe. There’s one problem with this, though, when you consider it in the bigger scheme of things.
What if this list had gone into effect on September 1st, 2001? Maybe, just maybe, many if not all of the 9/11 hijackers would have been on the list. We’ve heard over and over again how they had already been identified by one agency or another as potentially dangerous.
Then in comes the good old ACLU. They march up a number of people on the list who probably don’t deserve to be, and then BOOM! The FBI and the CIA and especially the White House are singling out people and profiling and generally being racist bastards. Lawsuits are filed. Press conferences are held. Stigma is applied. Cain is raised.
Then 19 guys get through security one Tuesday morning.
Lists like this have their place. The issues the ACLU are raising have their place. Regular law enforcement has its part to play in the War on Terror.
But so many people wonder why we didn’t do more before 9/11 when they ignore what we struggle to do even AFTER 9/11.