After seven years of litigation, two trips to a federal appeals court and .8 million worth of lawyer time, the public has finally learned why a wheelchair-bound Stanford University scholar was cuffed, detained and denied a flight from San Francisco to Hawaii: FBI human error.
FBI agent Kevin Kelley was investigating Muslims in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2004 when he checked the wrong box on a terrorism form, erroneously placing Rahinah Ibrahim on the no-fly list.
What happened next was the real shame. Instead of admitting to the error, high-ranking President Barack Obama administration officials spent years covering it up. Attorney General Eric Holder, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and a litany of other government officials claimed repeatedly that disclosing the reason Ibrahim was detained, or even acknowledging that she’d been placed on a watch list, would cause serious damage to the U.S. national security. Again and again they asserted the so-called “state secrets privilege” to block the 48-year-old woman’s lawsuit, which sought only to clear her name.
As I keep saying, you don’t have to be guilty. Heck, they don’t even have to suspect you are guilty. They only have to make a mistake and anyone of us could be caught up in a years long legal nightmare and false suspicion. And, they have proven here and many times before to defend that mistake using OUR, the taxpayer’s, money.
Major respect for this poor, innocent, woman for standing up to this kind of bullying no matter the cost.