Homeland Insanity

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USA Today: “John William Anderson, who was born on July 4, 2001, is on TSA’s watch list. He was first stopped in 2004 when his mother and grandmother took him on his first plane ride to Disney World.” Anderson’s mom Christine tells the paper, “No one can give any answers to why my son is on the list or really how to get him off.” More than 15,000 want to get off U.S. terror list, USA Today reports. With the recent trial and conviction on 13 counts of bribery related charges of U.S. government security contractor Brent Wilkes, his Congressional benefactor/bribee Congressman Duke Cunningham serving eight years in jail, and the endless Orwellian insanities of the post-9/11 system as described above, anyone else get the sense that the whole homeland security project is more about enriching contractors and filling congressmen’s ATMs rather than anything to do with security? Then again, just what is under young John Anderson’s hat?

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