Falsely Putting Your Wife On The Terrorist Watch List May Hinder Your Chances For Promotion

from the just-a-tip dept

Wired has the bizarre story of a UK border agent who, in an apparent attempt to get his wife out of his life, put her name on the terrorist watch list, which left her stranded in Pakistan (where she was visiting relatives) for three years, unable to fly back home to the UK. That seems like a rather extreme way to get your wife out of the picture. And, apparently, this nefarious plan all would have worked... if only the guy never thought to apply for a promotion. Since the promotion would involve higher security clearance, he was put through a background check, where it was revealed his wife was on the watchlist. That created a bit of concern... and then it was realized that he had put her there. He's since been fired. Of course, the bigger question is whether or not whoever designed the system in such a way that it would allow a single person to add his own wife to the terrorist watch list, with no oversight and no review, was fired as well. It would seem like that person has some serious questions to answer as well.

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    Anonymous Coward, 7 Feb 2011 @ 7:58am

    If one hundred people are put on the no fly list when they shouldn't be, is it better to allow 101 to fly and have 400 die?

    Is it better for 100 criminals to go free to keep the 1 innocent out of prison? How would you feel if one of those criminals went free and killed your family? Committed a mass killing?

    Where does the rights of one outweigh the rights of many?

    Go back in time and be in a room with two babies, one of them is Hitler and one of them is a innocent baby. There is no way to know which one is which, but if you kill the Hitler baby, WWII never happens and there is no turmoil in the Mideast today. Would you kill both babies? Should you?

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