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I’m not an actual “terrorist,” but years ago the the government convicted me of a property crime it deemed “terrorism,” and since then, life has been interesting.

Especially flying. Since 2009, I’ve been on the TSA’s “terrorist watch list.” Not quite the “no fly list”, but close.

This means that when I fly, the TSA goes crazy. At various times, I’ve been refused entry to planes, tailed through airports, and told my Starbucks coffee might be a bomb.

This is my journal of traveling in post-9-11 America as someone on the government’s “terrorist” list. And it’s a lot funnier than you’d think…

After 9-11, congress directed the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to identify people “who may be a threat to civil aviation or national security.”Those on The List are not allowed to be told why they are on The List, and the requirements for being added to The List are not made public. As of 2009, it is believed there are 14,000 people on The List.

But only one writing about it.

The Jetsetting Terrorist

This is fascinating.

(h/t seanbonner)

I guess my larger point here is that we’re living in Rashomon World at this point. The evidence that would satisfy you that someone is involved with a hashtag largely only exists in someone’s head. Anyone can be effectively silent about their motives until they wind up killing someone, or say precisely the opposite of what they actually believe. Anyone can appear to be a supporter of a movement with their “real” twitter account and use a VPN sockpuppet account to actively work against it.

To put it more clearly: asking for “evidence” is basically impossible given the structure of the internet and certain people are taking every advantage of that fact. Whatever evidence does appear that someone disagrees with is immediately dismissed as a false flag. Anonymity on the internet is a wonderful thing, but it’s also the tool that a not insignificant number of tricksters use to sow confusion.

I don’t see what solution there is for that that doesn’t entail some drastic measures of government control over how we access the internet, which would almost certainly be a worse situation than we’re in right now, and likely wouldn’t wind up changing much.

Not sure what we can do except admit that the internet does not apply itself to knowing what is “true” or not.

— Matt Rorie on GG’s constant cries for proof (via themaskednegro)

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