So I was glancing over at CNN.com today and saw the article:Airline captain, lawyer, child on terror ‘watch list’ on several definitely not terrorist folks on the terror watch list just by their name.
So let me get this straight. Our government security officials are so clever they cannot come up with better control than a simple name is either on the list or it isn’t? How about taking these folks who are OBVIOUSLY not terrorists. Gather some basic but private facts about their identity. Hash the information together. Then when these folks travel the information they provide quickly when a flag is raised is rehashed and if it matches let them go on about their business. If enough basic but not easy to obtain answers are gathered then it should serve as a much speedier check to let the person go on without risking a terrorist simply farms public facts about someone with the same name.