I really think The Terrorists™ have won when I read things like this.
Even if the [secret list used to screen airline passengers for terrorists] is made more accurate, it won't help thousands of innocent travelers who share a common name on the list and who get detained, sometimes for hours, when they attempt to fly.If the terrorist Robert Johnson and friends are such threats then watch them and leave the rest of us the hell alone. Idiots.
Gary Smith, John Williams and Robert Johnson are some of those names. Kroft talked to 12 people with the name Robert Johnson, all of whom are detained almost every time they fly. The detentions can include strip searches and long delays in their travels.
"Well, Robert Johnson will never get off the list," says Donna Bucella, who oversaw the creation of the list and has headed up the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center since 2003. She regrets the trouble they experience, but chalks it up to the price of security in the post-9/11 world. "They're going to be inconvenienced every time … because they do have the name of a person who's a known or suspected terrorist," says Bucella.
I also find it hilarious that Osama bin Laden is on the list. Like he’s going to go to the airport and check in, “My name is Osama, Osama bin Laden. Please may I fly to New York?” Saddam Hussein is on the list too. God, I feel safe.