First off, that any government employee is allowed — if not encouraged — to sign his work “Blogger Bob” is really just so very disturbing.
Second, that he should be able to seriously write a post titled, “There Are No Children on the No Fly or Selectee Lists” that starts off
“It’s inevitable that every several months or so, some cute kid gets their mug posted on a major news publication with a headline reading something like: “Does this look like a terrorist to you?” Anything involving kids or cats gets tons of mileage and everybody starts tweeting and retweeting that there’s an 8 year old on the no fly list”
“What happens is the child’s name is a match or similar match to an actual individual on the No Fly or Selectee Watch List”
is mind-boggling to me.
To refer to it as disingenuous would be to insult the countless politicians who spend their days seeming to try and make disingenuous into an art form.
What people are pointing out and criticizing the TSA for — and I suspect Blogger Bob knows this and if he doesn’t he’s an idiot — is that there are children getting stopped repeatedly who can’t seem to get off the list as The New York Times just reported.
That the no-fly list has problems has been extensively reported, especially in the wake of the Christmas bombing when Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was able to get on a plane despite the fact that he should have been on the list.
And there’s no doubt that the decision of Republican senators to hold up the nomination of someone to run TSA has probably not helped the agency.
But for “Blogger Bob” and the “TSA Blog Team” to try and make it seem like this is some media myth and people just need to follow a few steps to clear up the problem is just insulting.