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John King
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Joined: Aug 27, 2002
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I found the news shocking

http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/08/22/pilot.watch.list/index.html

Is there a way for a normal person like me to check if my name is on that list also? Since there are so many people with same names, do we need to provide birthday, SS#, ...?
marc weber
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Joined: Aug 31, 2004
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Originally posted by John King:
...Is there a way for a normal person like me to check if my name is on that list also? ...

Your best bet might be to contact one of your representatives in congress, and have their office help you. Be sure to tell them you are a constituent, and get the name of whomever you talk to.

(Normally, your House representative is more accessible than a Senator, but it depends.)


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Pat Farrell
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Originally posted by John King:
Is there a way for a normal person like me to check if my name is on that list also? Since there are so many people with same names


They don't care, they put everyone on the list with the same name. Worse, they use Soundex, which worked fairly well for western european language immigrants in the 1870s, (when it was invented) but it is terrible for tons of languages, including Italian and Dutch, where family names often have leading prefixes. O'Connor is really just Son of Connor, and Van Ness, is just son of Ness, and DiGiamarino is just Son of John.

I hate to think of what it does to middle eastern or asian names

You are better off changing your name, espcially if its something like John King, or Pat Farrell, each are far too common. Change John King to Johanathan Monarch, and you are probably OK.
David O'Meara
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John should raise his children better
 
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