Terrorist watch list follies: Feds mistake 8-year-old Cub Scout for terrorist

Terrorist watch list follies: Feds mistake 8-year-old Cub Scout for terrorist
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Let’s go back in time to The New York Times’ 2010 article about then-eight-year-old Mikey Hicks. Was he a cub scout or a terrorist? His parents knew. In fact, most people with cognitive function would know that he’s not hell bent on attacking the country, but our government wasn’t sure. He could be the face of absolute evil, so thank goodness the U.S. Senate could bar him from buying a firearm since he’s on one of the many terror watch lists maintained by the FBI. He never had any due process of law concerning his designation as someone who might be the next bin Laden, but who cares—due process is killing us. Am I right, Sen. Manchin?

Michael Winston Hicks’s mother initially sensed trouble when he was a baby and she could not get a seat for him on their flight to Florida at an airport kiosk; airline officials explained that his name “was on the list,” she recalled.

The first time he was patted down, at Newark Liberty International Airport, Mikey was 2. He cried.

After years of long delays and waits for supervisors at every airport ticket counter, this year’s vacation to the Bahamas badly shook up the family. Mikey was frisked on the way there, then more aggressively on the way home.

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