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If you're named David Nelson, you're tuttlebuttled

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Mike ChasePerson was signed in when posted
05-16-2003
02:31 PM ET (US)
This from a David Nelson at my work:

"When I went to Palm Springs I was stopped at "random" and extensively searched without reason.

When I went to Eugene I was searched 4 times going and 4 times leaving. I was pissed off however no one would tell me why I was being set apart from all the other people flying.

When I went to Hawaii the same thing happened as SFO and I almost missed my plane.

When I went on inter island flights I finally found someone who would tell me what was up. I also leaned over and looked at the computer screen when they walked away. They told me that they are not to say anything nor give me the information that they did.

The person they are looking for is DAVID PETER NELSON which happens to be my full name. He was born in California in 1958. Since I did not match his birth date or physical description I was able to depart. However my ticket is scanned to get stopped and searched at least two more times before I can get onto a plane.

DAVID PETER NELSON is a wanted terrorist and a felon.

Thanks for the article. It makes me realize I am not alone!

Also makes me realize my name is more common than I thought.

David"
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Martin WissePerson was signed in when posted
05-16-2003
04:26 AM ET (US)
"The problem is not the "no-fly" list or the "selectees" list. The problem is, once you're on the lists, you can't get off. It's one thing to know you have to get to the airport three or four hours before every flight; the David Nelsons might accept that as a sign of the times. But how would you feel, knowing your name was on a government terrorist watch list?"

Somewhere a cluephone is ringing fruitlessly.
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David MercerPerson was signed in when posted
05-16-2003
03:38 AM ET (US)
Well, I've almost always gotten searched merely by having long hair.
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Chris JohnsonPerson was signed in when posted
05-15-2003
08:53 PM ET (US)
The US can demolish a specific building half a world away, but they can't tell the difference between two or more people with the same first and last names? This is quite possibly the most damning thing I've read about the US in, ooo, at least a week.

Meanwhile, I can't rent videos from the local video rental place because I don't have enough ID, so maybe I shouldn't be so quick to judge.
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Joe StalinPerson was signed in when posted
05-15-2003
07:43 PM ET (US)
A couple observations:
1. The Oregonian article erroneously reports "Somewhere in the world there's an actual terrorist suspect named David Nelson who started all this mess." Bzzt. Peace activists get on the list too.

2. The government could use this kind of thing as an excuse to introduce a national ID card system.
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Lord of The CowsPerson was signed in when posted
05-15-2003
04:20 PM ET (US)
What happens if a terrorist changes his name to "George W. Bush" ? :) No more strip-searchs or longer flights for the president ?

secret agent : "But I'm telling you, HE's the PRESIDENT!"
aiport security guard : "Sorry, but he's on the list, my orders are clear ..."
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mrmPerson was signed in when posted
05-15-2003
03:56 PM ET (US)
I wonder what happens when a terrorist identity thief steals "John Smith"?

This insanity is a perfect example of how we are now less secure than before. Get a few criminals together, fly around and see if you are under scrutiny. If not, you're in the clear. Add one person named John Smith (or Dave Nelson) to your group who has nothing on him, but who will draw attention away from everyone else, and smuggle that atomic howitzer on the plane while they strip-search John.
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milovooPerson was signed in when posted
05-15-2003
01:09 PM ET (US)
I'll bet the "evil" dave nelson is really "canadian" dave foley in the guise of his character from newsradio.

"I have never said, "Wahoo" in my life." - dave nelson
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Aaron SwartzPerson was signed in when posted
05-15-2003
12:49 PM ET (US)
What stops the ``evil'' David Nelson from changing his name? Presumably he cares about it a lot less than these innocents.
Edited 05-15-2003 12:49 PM

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