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Sat Dec 31, 2016, 11:50 AM

181. That was at least 5 ticket agents, likely.

The whole situation seems to me like the American weaponized anthrax strain that got sent to Dem opposition leaders Daschle and Leahy's offices, terror attack cases that were never solved.

We never got the whole story, but I think that in this case there was some nutty rightie terrorist, who hated Kennedy, and took the alias T. Kennedy to push the idea that Sen Kennedy was a bad guy terrorist. If it had been a "One Ireland" terrorist, we probably would have gotten more detail about who this "on the list" person was.

So one of the top opposition Dems was repeatedly harassed, obstructed, and held in place pulling down exposure, based on a bogus "match". The Senator had serious personal security issues, getting bottle-necked and held up could only exacerbate the head aches his security personnel already had:

" WASHINGTON Sen. Edward Kennedy, who buried two brothers killed by assassins, endured a barrage of threats on his life that continued for much of his political career, thousands of FBI documents released Monday show.

More than 2,200 pages of previously secret documents reveal Kennedy, the brother of President John F. Kennedy, received a constant stream of anonymous threats and warnings from members of the Ku Klux Klan and the militant anti-communist "Minutemen."

"We are after you," reads one unsigned letter sent to the senator's office in 1969, a year after his brother Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was shot and killed. "One of us will get you." "

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/washington/2010-06-14-kennedy-fbi-files_N.htm


After Ridge "cleared up" the issue, 5 weeks after the first "false match" incident, it happened again:

" ... Between March 1 and April 6, airline agents tried to block Mr. Kennedy from boarding airplanes on five occasions because his name resembled an alias used by a suspected terrorist who had been barred from flying on airlines in the United States, his aides and government officials said. ...

''He said, 'We can't give it to you,''' Mr. Kennedy said, describing an encounter with an airline agent to the rapt audience. '''You can't buy a ticket to go on the airline to Boston.' I said, 'Well, why not?' He said, 'We can't tell you.'''

''Tried to get on a plane back to Washington,'' Mr. Kennedy continued. '''You can't get on the plane.' I went up to the desk and said, 'I've been getting on this plane, you know, for 42 years. Why can't I get on the plane?'''

...

In Mr. Kennedy's case, airline supervisors ultimately overruled the ticket agents in each instance and allowed him to board the plane. But it took several weeks for the Department of Homeland Security to clear the matter up altogether, the senator's aides said.

Just days after Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge called Mr. Kennedy in early April to apologize and to promise that the problems would be resolved, another airline agent tried to stop Mr. Kennedy from boarding a plane yet again.

...

Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union said they did not know how many people had been mistakenly placed on watch lists. But they said the sluggish responses from the airline and the government to Mr. Kennedy's efforts to clear his name demonstrated the absurdity of the no-fly system.

...

He said, to much laughter, that he did not believe the mistake was a conspiracy engineered by his Republican colleagues. And as Mr. Hutchinson offered up his apologies, Senator Orrin G. Hatch, Republican of Utah, responded jokingly in kind.

Mr. Hutchinson said, ''Senator, we do regret that inconvenience to you.''

Mr. Hatch said, ''Quit smiling when you say that.'' "

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/20/us/senator-terrorist-a-watch-list-stops-kennedy-at-airport.html


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