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Perspective: Government databases prone to error, misuse

After a change of plans on a recent business trip to Los Angeles, I purchased a one-way ticket to Las Vegas to visit my parents. My ticket was tagged SS, special security, which put me in an airport security line that requires a complete body and luggage search, including an electronic scent detector, which, according to the Homeland Security officer, spotted TNT on my Sony Vaio. Though the computer was checked twice more without a trace of TNT, the HS officer asked for my driver's license and began filling out a form on me. Despite my protests, my name was entered into the official HS database. UGH. I objected not because I had anything to hide, but because I believe conspiracies are often ones of incompetence, not sophisticated secret collaborations. Keep in mind that this is the same government that gave us the U.S. Housing Department, sent ambassadors to countries where they don't speak the language, Waco, Texas, Social Security and the U.S. Postal Service lines. Though I am ...

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