My previous post on this mystery is already pretty long, so I'm doing this update separately.
To start with, here's the evidence to the extent I can glean it from the redacted OIG report, which, if you've forgotten, reported that a convicted terrorist had not only been allowed to fly, but was given TSA Pre-Check status. The report says outright that the "sufficiently notorious convicted felon":
- Is a former member of a "domestic terrorist group";
- Was involved in "numerous felonious criminal activities";
- Was convicted of murder and "offenses that involve explosives";
- Served a "multiple-year sentence" for those crimes (but has obviously been released); and
- Was traveling on June 29, 2014, the date of this incident.
By the way, if anyone has a clue why the phrase is "sufficiently notorious convicted felon," please let me know. I haven't been able to find anything on that. Are convicted felons allowed to fly as long as they're not very notorious?
Then there are two or three statements that require more analysis, or at least they aren't directly helpful:
- The traveler is not on a government watch list of any kind (though that doesn't help us much);
- The traveler is either reasonably famous or has been on TV recently, because the report says that a TSA agent recognized the traveler “based on media coverage” and “knew of the traveler’s … disqualifying criminal convictions.”
We can get a little more information from the redactions, though this involves some guessing:
- The traveler “is _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ U.S. citizen.” Could be "a known U.S. citizen," depending on how many spaces are actually redacted.
- The traveler “was convicted and served _ years in prison.” As several people pointed out, it seems pretty clear that this redaction covers only one space, and if so then the person served less than a decade.
Several possible candidates have emerged, and a possible answer, which I am going to sneakily hide behind this jump.