Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Somebody please add me to the No Lie List

It beats me why people are putting the "War on Terror" in Bush's win column. His fans think it's great, for reasons evidently separate from the fact that we ain't winning it. I guess they're so eager to give Bush credit for taking action that they're even willing to applaud action that doesn't help, or that fails outright. Bruce Schneier points out one example, the No Fly List (page down):

Imagine a list of suspected terrorists so dangerous that we can't ever let them fly, yet so innocent that we can't arrest them -- even under the draconian provisions of the Patriot Act.

This is the federal government's "No Fly" list. First circulated in the weeks after 9/11 as a counterterrorist tool, its details are shrouded in secrecy. But because the list is filled with inaccuracies and ambiguities, thousands of innocent, law-abiding Americans have been subjected to lengthy interrogations and invasive searches every time they fly, and sometimes forbidden to board airplanes. It also has been a complete failure, and has not been responsible for a single terrorist arrest anywhere.
Bush claims he's made everybody safer. Why don't some people believe that? Because they need a reason to.


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