Representative Put on No-Fly List; Told to Use Middle Name

Liberals want to use the no-fly list, or some other terrorist watch list, to suspend an American’s Second-Amendment right to bear arms, it might be good to learn about the story of Congressman Tom McClintock of Elk Grove, California. The Conservative Republican was put on the no-fly list.

The Sacramento Bee reports:

Among the proposed restrictions advocated by President Barack Obama and rebuffed by Congress is to ban those on the federal government’s terrorist no-fly list from being able to purchase a gun. On Thursday, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy said he would sign an executive order doing so. And last week, California Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles, said he would carry such a bill when the Legislature returns next month from its winter recess.

Along with philosophical qualms, McClintock said he has personal reasons to doubt the efficacy of the no-fly list. Turns out that when he was in the state Senate a decade ago, McClintock said, he discovered he couldn’t check into his flight.

“When I asked why, I was told I was on this government list,” McClintock said, calling the whole experience “Kafkaesque.”

“My first reaction was to ask, ‘Why am I on that list?’ ‘We can’t tell you that.’ ‘What are the criteria you use?’ I asked. ‘That’s classified.’ I said, ‘How can I get off this list?’ The answer was, ‘You can’t.’ 

He said it ended up being a case of mistaken identity with an Irish Republican Army activist the “British government was mad at.”

McClintock said he soon learned that a fellow state senator also had been placed on the list, as well as the late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy. McClintock said he at least had the state Senate sergeant-at-arms to work through to clear up the confusion – “something an ordinary American would not.”

Still, he said it took months of working with officials and repeated petitions to the government to get his name removed.

“The farce of it all was that I was advised in the meantime just to fly under my middle name, which I did without incident,” he added.

What kind of security are we getting when all you have to do is use you middle name?

(Hat tip: Rare.US)