In May CNN correspondent Drew Griffin launched an investigation critical of the TSA’s bloated ‘Watch List’. Shortly thereafter, his name was on it, and traveling became considerably more difficult for Mr. Griffin. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) recently questioned the secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff (why does he still have a job?!!) about this troubling turn of events.
In response, Chertoff said it was “not my understanding the reporter was put on,” but that Griffin may share a name with someone put on the list.
Of course, a person can petition to get one’s name removed from the list. Just ask former assistant attorney general Jim Robinson — the Justice Department’s top criminal prosecutor under Clinton — he’s been trying for three years. (This will soon be moot I suppose; nobody can afford to fly anywhere anymore.)
You can watch and listen to Michael Chertoff actually speak those words with a straight face. Video after the break.
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Bureaucracies are by their nature notoriously inept at correcting mistakes because they never like to admit fault.It is in their organizational genetics to deny that they didn’t do it right the first time.right or left wing doesn’t matter.Talk to someone who lived under communism.