Loretta a Terrorist?

Peggy Lowe posted on the OC Register’s Total Buzz Blog this story that caught my eye. My guess is that there is not a connection to Tan Nguyen, but given the desperation of his campaign, anything is possible.

Her Own Private (and Secure) Idaho

Loretta Sanchez a terrorist? Well, some in the GOP may think so. And today the Transportation Safety Administration apparently did, too.

Just got a call from Dena Bunis, the Reg’s Washington Bureau Chief. Dena reports that Sanchez was stopped at the Boise, Idaho, airport today as she was trying to board a plane to go to Cincinnati. The congresswoman’s name showed up on the terrorist watch list.

Memo to TSA guys: It’s best not to detain the current ranking — and possibly future chairwoman — of the House Homeland Security subcommittee.
– Peggy Lowe

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This is not a new problem of course. On August 20, 2004 The New York Times reported that between March 1 and April 6, 2004, airline agents tried to block Senator Ted Kennedy from boarding airplanes on five occasions because his name resembled an alias used by a suspected terrorist who had been barred from flying on airlines in the United States, his aides and government officials said.

The LA Times reported on October 15, 2006 about A Seal Beach woman finds herself on the federal watch list of suspected terrorists. She’s a grandmother, a Republican, a poll worker, and a hospital volunteer. Read More

On October 6, 2006, the Government Accountability Office released a report that found the agency misidentified half of those people as terrorists because similar names were on the terrorist watch list. Even though the misidentifications are hard to avoid in some cases, the GAO report said they “can lead to delays, intensive questioning and searches, missed flights, or denied entry at the border.”

I do find it curious that we haven’t heard of any Republican members of Congress being placed on the “Terrorist Watch List.” I haven’t tried to fly anywhere since I started blogging for TheLiberalOC.com, but I figure if Loretta has made the list, I probably have too.

I really feel secure.

  5 comments for “Loretta a Terrorist?

  1. October 26, 2006 at 12:53 pm

    Did you catch the 60 minutes report on the “No Fly List”?!

    The truth hurts.

    Personally, I don’t think that this is a partisan thing…I think it is just a case of an overwhelmingly large amount of red tape.

    And Chris, since we started blogging here, I’ve flown to see my parents twice, and I haven’t had any trouble.

    Just refrain from making any jokes about airport security.
    :)

  2. Anonymous
    October 26, 2006 at 1:27 pm

    this is what exactly i say before about sanchez. do you think tan nguyen is on a terrorist no fly list? no. she is. tan is trying to make america a better place but you communists treat him like hes a criminal. we will see when this election is over and we sent tan to washington. you are stupid people who worship bill clinton like a hero. not me!

  3. October 27, 2006 at 12:32 pm

    I was in New York City in December ’01 and was hit in the street by a Lincoln towncat. Lacerated my forehead, broke my right leg. Days later I flew home to prep for knee surgery. As my aunt pushed my wheelchair through the airport, it was wonderful because we got to bypass most of the lines. However, I was searched not once but twice – once at a checkpoint because my wheelchair set off the metal detector (tee hee) and once at the gate because my ticket was chosen for a double-secret random search. Both times I had to stand up and chill on my crutches while they eviscerated my baggage and fine-toothed my wheelchair.
    I wasn’t even a dissident then, I tells ya!

  4. October 27, 2006 at 12:55 pm

    “Towncat”

    That’s a funny typo.

  5. Anonymous
    October 28, 2006 at 5:53 pm

    As far as I am aware, the only people Loretta terrorizes are the ones on her payroll.
    I too wondered about the towncat – is that like a city mouse/country mouse thing?

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