Published December 14 ,2015 by Bonnie Kristian (RARE)
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.’”
After some investigation, McClintock found out that his listing was a case of confused identity: The government confused him, a state representative of California, with a member of the IRA. And he wasn’t the only government official to be listed:
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.”
(Ted Kennedy was actually confused with another Edward Kennedy in a case much like the one where a 4-year-old boy was nearly banned from flying to see his grandma because he happened to share a terrorist watchlist member’s name.)
Even with the resources and connections which came with his office, it took McClintock months to get his name off the list, a process which can last years for us regular people, because there is no set procedure to appeal your placement on the watchlist.
“The farce of it all,” McClintock commented, “was that I was advised in the meantime just to fly under my middle name, which I did without incident.”Follow @FortySixNews