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the worst thing they could do in Iraq? Spilt it into three countries - Kurdish, Sunni and Shi'ite.

Something new to do at the Cricket. Australians plan to take on the Barmy Army.

Keith Olbermann on the death of Habeus Corpus Who is this Keith Olbermann guy and why has he not been silenced yet? Does no-one watch his tv show? Is that why he can get away with this?

Super-retarded: The No Fly list
Highlights include:
The first surprise was the sheer size of it. In paper form it is more than 540 pages long. Before 9/11, the government’s list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel totaled just 16 names; today there are 44,000. And that doesn’t include people the government thinks should be pulled aside for additional security screening. There are another 75,000 people on that list.

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So far that quality review has missed a few other people who don’t seem to pose a threat to aviation security, including international dignitaries like Nabih Berri, the head of the Lebanese parliament who recently met with Condoleezza Rice. The list also includes head of state Evo Morales, the president of Bolivia.

"I mean, do you think that the president of Bolivia's gonna highjack an airplane?" Kroft asks Bucella.

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It also has created enormous frustration and aggravation for thousands of innocent travelers who have the misfortune of sharing a name with someone on the list and some of the names are among the most common in America. Like Gary Smith, John Williams or Robert Johnson.

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What Kip Hawley wouldn’t tell 60 Minutes is that some of the some of most dangerous terrorists never even end up on the No Fly List, because the intelligence agencies that supply the names don’t want them circulated to airport employees in foreign countries for fear that they could end up in the hands of the terrorists.

Cathy Berrick, the Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues for the General Accounting Office told Kroft that the lists that the airlines get have been sanitized of the most sensitive information.

"They're not given all of the names for security reasons because the government doesn't want to have that information outside of the government," Berrick says.

"But if the point of the system is to keep dangerous people from getting on airplanes, why would you leave some of the potentially most dangerous people off the list?" Kroft asks.

"Yeah, it's a concern. And I think if you talk with the Department of Homeland Security they would agree with that," Berrick says.

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smokedamage
Oct. 26th, 2006 08:23 pm (UTC)
I knew it existed and in a way i can see the point they are trying to get to, but like so many other security measures, it is secure in name and concept only. In practice it is a complete and utter piece of shit.
journalsoup
Oct. 26th, 2006 10:37 am (UTC)
"Who is this Keith Olbermann guy and why has he not been silenced yet?"

It's his mad old-school SportsCenter chops. Even the evil empire can't compete with that.
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