National Security my arse!
The demagoguery is in evidence with this story, a man who – in anyone’s imagination is an American hero – but because of his conversion to Islam is seen as a asset to fundamentalism and terror. Or is it he has a Pakistani wife?
The TSA has, as we have seen with small boys and CNN reporters, over-stepped the mark on who is a threat to the US and who isn’t. How many people are now on the terror watch list who really shouldn’t be there? 100,000, 200,000, more? I would suspect more.
But what is more surprising is that no one can get off that list – even with proof!
WASHINGTON (CNN) — For Erich Scherfen, being on a government terror watch list isn’t just a matter of inconvenience. It could end his career.
Scherfen served in the U.S. military for 13 years, as an Army infantryman in the first Gulf War and then as a helicopter pilot in the National Guard. After receiving an honorable discharge, he was hired as a pilot by Colgan Air Inc., a regional airline operating in the Northeast and Texas.
In April, Colgan informed Scherfen that he was on a government list and would be suspended from his job. He was told he faced termination on September 1 unless he was able to clear his name.
But Scherfen, of Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania, has been unable to do so and said fears it could mean he has no future as a pilot.
“My entire career depends on me getting off this list,” he told CNN. “I probably won’t be able to get a job anywhere else in the world having this mark that I’m on this list.”
But the thing is – how do you get on a list when you haven’t done anything? And it is as plain as day that this man and his wife haven’t done anything wrong.
As he says:
“We served honorably,” he said. “We served in a war. And they’re thumbing their noses at us, basically, and that makes me feel … really sad about this situation.”
Sad? Sad? I would be frigging furious! There is a place for governments keeping the public safe – but in the US this has just gone way over the top. Let’s hope that a new government can do something to help the people on that list – it is beyond any joke.
Should every Muslim be afraid now in the US? Will everyone of that faith be on a list somewhere? It is really scary to think that this can be happening in a country that claims to be the home of the free.