Friday, August 20, 2004

Now, it's two lawmakers on the airlines terror watch list 

Two guesses on which party both are from!



Times's up! Did you guess that they're both Democrats? You're right!

Sen. Edward Kennedy is not alone.

A second prominent lawmaker said Friday that he's been subjected to extra security at airports because his name appears on a list designed to prevent terrorists from boarding planes.

Rep. John Lewis, D - Georgia, a nine-term congressman famous for his civil rights work with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., has been stopped 35 to 40 times over the past year, his office said.

Kennedy, D-Massachusetts, told a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on border security Thursday that he's been stopped several times because his name appeared on an airline watch list.

Lewis contacted the Department of Transportation, the Department of Homeland Security and executives at various airlines in a so-far fruitless effort to get his name off the list, said spokeswoman Brenda Jones.

Instead, Lewis got a letter from the Transportation Security Administration that he can present to ticket agents indicating he has cleared an identity check with the agency. But the letter warns he might still be subject to extra security checks before being allowed to fly.
(via CNN)

Wow! You know, that reminds me of that anthrax scare, where the Congressmen who got the anthrax-laced letters were—rim shot!—both Democrats!

Fool me once....

Still, I can't think of any reason why the Bush administration would put elected lawmakers from the Democratic Party on a terror watch. Readers—can you?

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