Saturday, August 16, 2008

Are YOU on the List?

John Anderson of Minneapolis, [now 7] was first stopped at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in 2004, when his family took him for his first airplane ride to Disney World. "We checked in at the ticket counter, and the woman said in a stern voice, 'Who is John Anderson?' " says his mother, Christine Anderson. "I pointed to my stroller."

Her son is allowed to fly. But because his name is flagged, his family cannot print out a boarding pass for him online and he must check in at the ticket counter so an airline official can see that he's a child. (U.S.A. Today)

This stuff frightens me. The Department of Homeland Security has become as dangerous to American citizens as the Gestapo was to the people in Europe during the Nazi years. Did you know that it took an Act of Congress to get Nelson Mandela, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, off the list? Or that Senator Edward Kennedy remains on the list, as do Evo Morales, president of Bolivia, and James Moore, author of Bush's Brain, a book critical of the Bush administration?

Do you want to know more about the how this list affects you and your privacy and security? Click over here and take the short quiz—and pay attention to the True answers!

Hmmmmm… I wonder if I am on the list—of course, after this post, I probably will be!

ADDENDUM—Just Received from The Washington Post:

U.S. May Ease Police Spy Rules

The Justice Department has proposed a new domestic spying measure that would make it easier for state and local police to collect intelligence about Americans, share the sensitive data with federal agencies and retain it for at least 10 years…

Read the entire story HERE.


  1. I can understand the heightened security, but sometimes it goes a bit too far, doesn't it? I mean why are Nelson Mandela and Edward Kennedy on the "List". It doesn't make about bureaucracy gone mad.

  2. I'm pretty sure I'm on the list. I think they took everybody who is a registered communtist and put our names on the role.

    Personally, I have no intention of flying anwhere anyway.

  3. I was expelled from the USSR in 1988 and had my passport stamped with a Russian print which meant "Enemy of the Soviet Union" - I was forbidden to return and only went back to Russia after the USSR had collapsed. And I had a new passport...

  4. Akelamalu: I agree. I find that misused police powers of the government can be terrifying—especially when they use them on me!

    Puss-in-Boots: The interesting this is, as I read the ACLU information, no one, including the bureaucrats at Homeland Security. Know why they are on The List.

    Thomas: I rather thought that with decline of the Comintern no one worried about Communists any more!

  5. Chica: Very crazy! What name of you traveling under? I understand that there are lots of Hispanic names on The List.

    mutleythedog: I rather hope that the same changes are made with Homeland Security once Chaney and Bush are out of office!

  6. Wow, I am scared, but also very, very sad. Benjamin Franklin wouldn't be very proud of us right now.

  7. This just happened to me with my son Nick. As we were traveling to Denver two weeks ago, I could not print my boarding passes from home. Then, when I got to the airport, I discovered he was on the do not fly list. It took about 30 minutes to sort it out in the going but it was easier upon our return just 3 days ago. M has just sent of a letter to our Congressmen and state senator. We will have to see what, if anything comes of it. He is not even 4 years old.

    P.S. Don't forget to send me the list you promised so that I can finally get to you what I promised.


  8. I just read that the that stupid list has this family in it: