The gov't reports that the list is about 400,000 actual people, mostly foreigners. Managing a list of this size is no big deal these days when you consider that we all entrust our financial history to only three credit reporting agencies. Frankly, for the safety involved, I'd prefer to have many false positives than ANY false negatives. Maybe we could use the FISA for petitioners who want their names removed.
The stories of Jim Robinson and Akif Rahman remind me of Michael J. Fox shaking with Parkinson's while promoting stem cell research before the House. Increasingly, the Dems like to strut out so-called victims for drama.
If managing the list is no big deal, then why are there so many errors on it?
I have designed Petabyte sized databases so I understand database management from the ground up. This Watch List is just sloppy, paranoid work. And the number of entries on the list just keeps changing. Three years ago it was over a million when Kennedy was "accidentally" put on the list. So if we count the number of people removed for errors, the potential is staggering.
I have a friend who has a very hard time flying because his name is the same as an IRA member. As a systems consultant he needs to fly all the time. Half the time when we fly together we have to schedule an additional three or four hours "just in case". His really unique name is David Jones. Glad that there aren't too many of those being hassled DAILY.
And one other thing about the real David Jones [terrist], he has been dead since 2002 but is still on the list, just in case I suppose.
As for trotting out victims, who would you prefer they trot out to show the errors or would you just prefer than nobody knew the problems existed.
And please say you don't "TRUST" the three Credit reporting agencies with your data. Their error rate is mindnumbing. Enjoy that trust thing.