Whoops! We were lying!

U.S. Customs: Second person handcuffed on Christmas Day was on Flight 253, after all

A spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection now says that a man who was handcuffed and questioned by authorities on Christmas Day was a passenger on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 — just days after saying that person arrived to Detroit aboard a different flight.

They had flat-out stated that the second person was NOT on Flight 253 and had been questioned for things totally unrelated to Flight 253. They were lying lying lying.

The FBI had also contradicted Haskell’s account, saying that only one person had been arrested.

Today, the FBI admits that another man had been “held” but not “arrested.” They seem to think that this clears them of wrongdoing for contradicting Haskell’s account.

Haskell has a blog entry running down the constantly-morphing government account of what happened.

Now, I don’t pretend for one minute that part of fighting this war means keeping secrets and spreading misinformation. I guess I’d be more willing to let the government lie about this sort of thing if I had the impression that they were taking the war seriously. I do not have that impression, and even when Bush was running thing and appearing serious about the military aspects of the war, I was unconvinced that the government was serious about securing the homeland.

As bad as I thought homeland security was during Bush’s terms, it’s only taken a year for Obama to make it that mess look like the good old days.