Thursday, February 28, 2008

900,000 people are terrorists

In the United States, the US Homeland Security department thinks there are 900,000 terrorists. People who have names similar to that of 900,000 others aren't suppose to fly. Doesn't matter if you're a 5 year old child, or a 90 year old grandmother, you could be told "Sorry, you can't get on this plane". You could have someone go through your records, or start wiretapping you.

Perhaps your name is Yusuf Islam, and hey, that's *kind of like* Youssouf Islam - surely you shouldn't be allowed to fly, even if you are really well known back when you were Kat Stevens.

What really worries me is that in places like Florida, they denied people the right to vote if you name was "similar" to someone else's that had been convicted of a felony. So if your name was "LaShawn Brown", and you lived in Florida, well, that was *kind of like* Shawn Brown who was convicted in New Mexico - you must be the same person, so no voting for you!

Sorry, but this is bullshit. I'm at the point where I call the whole homeland security department a lot of nonsense, and that you don't get to use the terrorist list until you can prove that the person has a likely chance of being the person on the terrorist list. You know - apply some common sense or something. Crazy idea, I know.

1 comment:

Poet/Ninja said...

Is.

Next question: how do we dismantle the damn thing?