The federal government has inflated the "No Fly List" to 200,000 names. But the list has nabbed more members of Congress than it has terrorists.Ted Kennedy is the most famous "false positive," according to an FAQ at the ACLU site of Washington State.
From the same Boston Globe article:
Bush declared a year ago that "federal terrorism investigations have resulted in charges against more than 400 suspects, and more than half of those charged have been convicted." But only 39 people were convicted on crimes tied to terrorism or national security, aI feel much safer than I did on September 10th, 2001. Especially since I can be assured the President is fighting a valiant battle against gays (protecting the sanctity of marriage, goddammit) and against sick people (no stem cells to be harvested on his watch, thank God).
Washington Postanalysis found.
Couple this with the Homeland Security Department's well-documented incompetence in how they allocate funds and identify "targets" of terrorism, and I think it's a miracle that the US hasn't suffered a major attack since 9/11. Maybe God actually is on W's side. Or maybe it's because of this.