DHS places Weekly Standard writer/Fox News contributor Stephen Hayes on terrorist watch list
So, let me get this straight. DHS completely missed the Tsarnaev brothers and the Oklahoma beheader, despite their rantings about jihad online. But a Conservative journalist? Definitely going on the terrorist watch list.
"When I went online to check in with Southwest, they wouldn’t let me. I figured it was some glitch," he explained. "Then I got to the airport and went to check in. The woman had a concerned look on her face. She brought over her supervisor and a few other people. Then they shut down the lane I was in, took me to the side, told me I was a selectee and scrawled [something] on my ticket."
"On my way back. the same thing happened," he continued. "I got pulled out, they closed down the lane, and did a full pat-down and looked in all parts of my luggage."
Things got slightly awkward on that return flight, because one of the TSA employees was a frequent Fox News viewer. “He knew I wasn’t an actual terrorist,” Hayes explained, “but it didn’t matter.”
Hayes finally contacted Southwest on Tuesday, ahead of another flight, to ask why he couldn’t check in. A customer service supervisor told him he wasn’t going to be able to get a boarding pass before arriving at the airport.
"So I asked if I was on the government’s terrorist watchlist, and she said ‘Yes.’"
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Hayes is hoping that he was flagged automatically because his recent travel itinerary, but he’s not the only Conservative journalist who has been repeatedly harassed by the TSA.
This whole episode should clue you in that Homeland Security is being run by a bunch in incompetent paper pushers. Stupidity like this is most definitely not making the country safer.