The silliness of background checks, a very simple way to defeat being on the "no-fly" list
Congressman Tom McClintock recounts his own experience being on the "no-fly" list. How was McClintock able to get around the ban that he faced on flying? He just had to fly under his middle name, which supposedly is "Miller." Suppose that the IRA activist "that the British government was mad at" whose name was similar to McClintock's had also started using his middle name and that it was "Richard." If the federal government started trying to make sure that the person of interested couldn't go that route, then not only would people with the name "Tom McClintock" find themselves prevented from flying, but also people with the name "Richard McClintock" or "Rich McClintock."
“While serving in the California state Senate a decade ago, I discovered suddenly I couldn't check into a flight. When I asked why, I was told I was on this government list. The experience was absolutely "Kafkaesque." My first reaction was to ask, ‘Why am I on that list?’ ‘We can’t tell you.’ ‘What are the criteria you use?’ ‘That’s classified.’ ‘How can I get off this list?’ ‘You can’t.’ I soon discovered that another California state Senator had been placed on that list. A few months later US Senator Edward Kennedy found himself on the list. I at least had the office of sergeant-at-arms of the state Senate to work through, something an ordinary American would not. Even so it took months working through that office, with repeated petitions to the government to get my name removed from that list. And the farce of it all was that I was advised in the meantime just to fly under my middle name, which I did without incident . . . ."
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