I was flipping through some videos from Boston Legal on YouTube and came across this gem. I haven’t seen this episode yet but I gather the basic issue is that the US Department of Homeland Security maintains a list of people who are not permitted to fly across the USA, presumably because Homeland Security deems them to be a security risk. It seems that once you are on the list it is virtually impossible to be removed from the list and if I understand the premise of the argument in this video, Homeland Security contends it is technologically not possible to remove people’s names, even if their names should not be on the list. In this clip, the character Alan Shore makes a really good argument!
So when a government body says that something can’t be done, it probably means they don’t particularly want to do it.