Sunday, July 9, 2006

Asinine terrorist-detection at Western Union

Western Union blocks Arab cash deliveries - Yahoo! News

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Money transfer agencies have delayed or blocked thousands of cash deliveries on suspicion of terrorist connections simply because senders or recipients have names like Mohammed or Ahmed, company officials said.

In one example, an Indian driver here said Western Union prevented him from sending $120 to a friend at home last month because the recipient's name was Mohammed.

Hard to believe it could be possible, but this is more stupid than the TSA's Secure Flight program (also a miserable failure).

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