Politicization of Watch Lists No Longer Academic
Not only was Walter F. Murphy, a top constitutional scholar from Princeton University, added to a TSA terrorist watch list, airline employees admitted that his status was the direct result of constitutionally protected behavior. Professor Murphy gave a televised speech in 2006 that criticized the administration for its many constitutional abuses. But not stopping there, the airline employee asked Professor Murphy if he'd participated in any "peace marches"--he had not--and then remarked, "We ban a lot of people from flying because of that."
Ironically, Professor Murphy is not a die-hard, left wing critic of Bu$hCo. He holds many opinions that are in line with administration thinking, but apparently that isn't enough to keep you off of the "enemies list".
Tom... Actually the person might not even have been an AA employee. The article wasn't specific. So it could have been a TSA representative. Raw Story isn't know for the thoroughness of their reporting.
Tom... I've often thought that the real purpose of the border fence was to enforce a mindset of "keeping us in" rather than to keep others out.
Anyone who speaks out against Der Fuehrer Bush and his Gestapo regime are on one list or another. So what else in new?
AnonP... Hey, welcome back! Haven't seen you in a while. But to your point: Sure, there's a lot of egregious stuff going on, but there didn't seem to any overt politicization of the "no-fly" lists until just recently. Just a whole bunch of carelessness. So now, I wonder if we have to be concerned about the politicization of other government functions? The "no-fly" list is bad, but what if Bu$hCo started to politicize the distribution of Medicare, for example.
Truffle... Professor Murphy gave a speech at Princeton in 2006 that was very critical of the Bush administration. Since it was was broadcast and webcast, he feels that they retaliated by placing him on the "no-fly" list.
Praguetwin... That's pretty difficult. Though if you're on Blogspot it's a bit easier, as long as Google keeps on cooperating.
"Walter F. Murphy, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Emeritus, at Princeton University, attempted to check his luggage at the curbside in Albuquerque before boarding a plane to Newark, New Jersey. Murphy was told he could not use the service."
This statement is misleading. Readers are likely to conclude he had been stopped from checking his baggage. However, he's been stopped from enjoying the convenience of a skycap. Not from checking his bags.
He does not state that he was barred from standeing in a long line at the ticket counter to check his baggage and receive his boarding pass.
"I was denied a boarding pass because I was on the Terrorist Watch list," he said.
But his claim is obviously false. He later stated he was allowed on the flight. If he had been denied a boarding pass, he would never have boarded the plane.
"When inquiring with a clerk why he was on the list, Murphy was asked if he had participated in any peace marches."
He was told:
""We ban a lot of people from flying because of that," a clerk said."
A Clerk? What clerk? Does this clerk have a name? No doubt he does, and no doubt it was displayed on his name tag. This is an example of unfair and unbalanced journalism. In fact, it's not journalism. It should have been no problem to find the clerk.
Meanwhile, how the heck does some doofus clerk know about the inner workings of the TSA Watch List? He speaks as though he votes on the people facing the ban. The guy has zero credibility.
"...he had not marched, but had "in September, 2006, given a lecture at Princeton, televised and put on the Web, highly critical of George Bush for his many violations of the Constitution.""
Mr Inside said:
"The clerk responded, "That'll do it.""
Meanwhile, exercising his rights of free speech did not keep him off the airplane. Moreover, I've hade my bags stripped and rummaged through too. Why? Because my driver's license expired while I was traveling but its replacement had not arrived at my house before I left home. Thus, my ID documents were lacking when I checked in for my return trip.
I fault the airport security system for many reasons. But we have so many laws that stand in the way of sound screening that it's obvious the only people likely to feel abused by security procedures are those whose racial, ethnic and religious identities have not received politically correct exemptions from inspections. In other words, guys like Murphy, me and 299.9 million other Americans.