Peggy Lowe posted on the OC RegisterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t heard of any Republican members of Congress being placed on the “Terrorist Watch List.” I havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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.