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Behind the scenes, crafting the U.S. no-fly list

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This NFL probably still has a lot of work ahead of it to be reliable. It's a mind-numbing job. When it was first implemented, the late Senator Ted Kennedy's name was posted on the NFL, probably someone with an identical name (IRA member, most likely) and the Senator was flagged as person of interest when he was checking in. Needless to say, he was not amused.

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When it was first implemented, the late Senator Ted Kennedy's name was posted on the NFL

Probably his seditious work the late Soviet Union, with whom he pledged to work against the common enemy - - Ronald Reagan and the American people.

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It's getting so long and cumbersome that anyone who ever, even once, looked at a photo of Osama bin Laden will be added to it. Ridiculous!

Giving up freedoms for supposed security, Americans now deserve neither, to paraphrase Ben Franklin.

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The goal, Libertas, is to restrict the freedoms of only the ones associated with groups capable of harming innocent civilians. I'll put myself through extra screening if it means the authorities have a better chance to detect and track suspected sociopaths.

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I'll put myself through extra screening if it means the authorities have a better chance to detect and track suspected sociopaths.

Proves my point: Giving up freedoms for supposed security, Americans now deserve neither, to paraphrase Ben Franklin.

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There is freedom and there is freedom. To say we should have complete freedom misses an important point. We do need rules and laws and ways to control and prevent crime. The question merely should be when and how many rules we should have. Would you get rid of all security at airports? That sure would make us 'freer'. However, I doubt it would make us safer. There is always the delicate balance between protecting the public and the public being free.

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Proves my point: Giving up freedoms for supposed security, Americans now deserve neither, to paraphrase Ben Franklin.

Franklin was, among other things, an inventor. The airplane, invented in the America he helped create, would have amazed and delighted him. But I am certain he would have immediately realised that if highjacked it instantly becomes a weapon. Your point was not proven. You don't really have one as far as I can tell.

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The trade Americans think they are getting is a little loss of liberty for a big return on security. What in fact is happening is a big loss of liberty for only an illusion of security. The repeated proof of which can be demonstrated by those who have tested and overcome security measures and the unknown terrorist who gets through despite these measures.

Bottom line, if you are alive you are at risk every day of your life of dying. How many have died from terrist attacks? Compare that to alcohol related deaths, car accidents, bathroom accidents or crime related deaths.

We are being hysterical and allowing our freedoms to be erroded for what? The illusion of security!

Franklin was right, if we give up freedom for security we deserve neither. We envoke the government to establish a police and surveilance state. And we surrender privacy.

Take precautions, flag truly dangerous people and try to keep people safe. This is responsible activity. But full body scanners, expanded no fly lists, these are police state tactics that will not prevent an intelligent and resourseful enemy from finding new ways to harm us.

Our efforts would be better spent on refining international policy, creating economic opportunities to combat the creation of terrorists and working to build a world where terror is more unthinkable.

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