Folks, your thoughts - especially you Beth !!! This one amazes me if it is 100% - which at this stage is what it seems like. >http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=430073 > >The Independent (London) August 03, 2003 > > >US anti-war activists hit by secret airport ban By Andrew Gumbel in Los >Angeles >03 August 2003 > >After more than a year of complaints by some US anti-war activists that >they were being unfairly targeted by airport security, Washington has >admitted the existence of a list, possibly hundreds or even thousands >of names long, of people it deems worthy of special scrutiny at >airports. > >The list had been kept secret until its disclosure last week by the new >US agency in charge of aviation safety, the Transportation Security >Administration (TSA). And it is entirely separate from the relatively >well-publicised "no-fly" list, which covers about 1,000 people believed >to have criminal or terrorist ties that could endanger the safety of >their fellow passengers. > >The strong suspicion of such groups as the American Civil Liberties >Union (ACLU), which is suing the government to try to learn more, is >that the second list has been used to target political activists who >challenge the government in entirely legal ways. The TSA acknowledged >the existence of the list in response to a Freedom of Information Act >request concerning two anti-war activists from San Francisco who were >stopped and briefly detained at the airport last autumn and told they >were on an FBI no-fly list. > >The activists, Rebecca Gordon and Jan Adams, work for a small pacifist >magazine called War Times and say they have never been arrested, let >alone have criminal records. Others who have filed complaints with the >ACLU include a left-wing constitutional lawyer who has been >strip-searched repeatedly when travelling through US airports, and a >71-year-old nun from Milwaukee who was prevented from flying to >Washington to join an anti-government protest. > >It is impossible to know for sure who might be on the list, or why. >The ACLU says a list kept by security personnel at Oakland airport ran >to 88 pages. More than 300 people have been subject to special >questioning at San Francisco airport, and another 24 at Oakland, >according to police records. In no case does it appear that a wanted >criminal was apprehended. > >The ACLU's senior lawyer on the case, Jayashri Srikantiah, said she is >troubled by several answers that the TSA gave to her questions. >The agency, she said, had no way of making sure that people did not end >up on the list simply because of things they had said or organisations >they belonged to. Once people were on the list, there was no procedure >for trying to get off it. The TSA did not even think it was important >to keep track of people singled out in error for a security grilling. >According to documents the agency released, it saw "no pressing need to >do so". > >It is not just left-wingers who feel unfairly targeted. Right-wing >civil libertarians have spoken out against the secret list, and at >least one conservative organisation, the Eagle Forum, says its members >have been interrogated by security staff. > >The complaints by the ACLU form part of a pattern of protest since the >11 September attacks, with the Bush administration repeatedly under >fire for detaining people on the flimsiest of grounds in the name of >the "war on terror". Many Muslims have had a hard time, especially if >they have a surname such as Hussein. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ TTFN Vic "To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ To unsubscribe from this list send an email to pcductape-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field OR by logging into the Web interface.