Thursday, March 26, 2009

No good deed ...

Every day, thousands of fliers are delayed because they have the same name  as a suspected terrorist.  That wouldn't happen if Congress and privacy advocates hadn't stalled Secure Flight, which would give DHS direct access to passengers' names and (gasp!) birthdates, so DHS could tell the difference between people on the list and people with similar names.  As a stopgap, TSA has cleared 80,000 fliers.

Now, the people who made the mess -- Congress and the ACLU -- are complaining  about it and acting as though TSA's action proves that the government's watchlists are out of control.  They aren't.  Congress is.

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