Most people would not be able to be in the same room with members of domestic terrorist Cliven Bundy‘s family without devising at least three emergency exit strategies, but that doesn’t stop the Bundy family from saying “What? What did we do?” when a member discovers he has been placed on the US Government’s Terrorist Watchlist.
On Saturday, Ammon Bundy and his daughter were attempting to board a plane from Phoenix, Arizona to Salt Lake City, Utah for an event. On Alex Jones’ ridiculous repository of delusion and paranoia, InfoWars, Bundy says that he was placed on the Watchlist by conservatives’ favorite boogeyman Harry Reid.
At first, Bundy thought a TSA agent’s alarm was because his name sounds a bit “Muslim-y,” but then he learned the awful truth: if you pal around with extremists, people take a second look at you.
“Everything was going as planned until we came to the Gate B check station and the first TSA agent looked at our boarding passes. He seemed a bit alarmed and asked me if my name was Ammon, I told him yes, he then circled my name and sent me down the line,” he wrote. “I could tell there was suspicion but thought it may be because my daughter was a minor, or because my name is unusual and sometimes taken as Arabic.”
When we reached the actual check station the second TSA agent saw my boarding pass and immediately called for a Commanding Officer on the radio. Over the course of several minutes he called multiple times for assistance, meanwhile the line behind me was stopped and backing up. When the Commanding Officer finally came the two agents conversed privately as they looked at my boarding pass and drivers license. The Commanding Officer then directed me to an area and confiscated all of our possessions along with the normal clothing checked such as my boots, belt jacket and so on.
By this time, we were feeling a bit scrutinized and those around us were staring and talking among themselves of the matter. They then escorted us to a back area were they rummaged through our items, testing it with devices and inspecting each article. The agent then began to check me physically and boy was that uncomfortable, no cavity check was completed but everything else was.
“The whole thing was very interesting to me,” Bundy continued. “I thought to myself, ‘WOW, Harry Reid really does have me tagged in the federal database as a Domestic Terrorist’. I have never been charged and prosecuted with anything in my life, and yet Senator Reid, without due process, has declared me, for life, as a Domestic Terrorist. He unilaterally named me, Ammon Bundy, a terrorist against the people of this country, the people I love and would so willingly to give my life for.”
Ammon Bundy played a pivotal role in the armed insurrection at his father’s ranch, leading “protests,” and even finding himself on the wrong end of a Taser for his continued attempts at interfering with the execution of a court order. In short, as he was part of an armed, anti-government mob, it is no surprise that he would be placed on a watch list.
Bundy whined that his lack of preparation for what, to most domestic terrorists, would be an expected layer of scrutiny, caused him and his daughter to miss their flight.
“This incident reaffirmed to me the danger that the American people are in. When a very small group of elitists use the peoples power without authority, and are willing to destroy the lives of those who disagree or stand up to them, when this type of unlimited power is commonly exercised without checks and balances the people are in danger,” Bundy concluded, never offering one iota of evidence that Harry Reid placed him on the watch list.