Wednesday, April 15, 2015

DOJ will follow some "due process" with respect to no-fly list

As a result of a court ruling in Oregon on an ACLU suit, the DOJ has announced that US citizens (and legal residents) can find out if they are on a “no-fly” list with the TSA and find out an unclassified list of reasons.  The Washington Post story on p. A3 today Wednesday April 15, 2015 is here.

Previously, someone would find out he or she was banned from air-travel in the US (or to or from it) only when showing up at the airport and going through TSA security. And the Department of Homeland Security would normally not disclose the person’s status or reasons. This all sounds like violation of due process of law.
Most people who get banned do in practice have rather “obvious” negative Mideastern connections.  Nevertheless, the issue is unsettling.  I did fly after July 2006 (to Kansas City from DCA) until June 2011 (to the Twin Cities), after Mother’s passing at the end of 2010. Could something coming out of my blogging (started in early 2006) could conceivably have ever put me on such a list?  I would have had no way to find out.
I even went to a TSA job fair in August of 2002 in St. Paul, MN.  Given the nature of the job, I cannot imagine porting a uniform and potentially having to do pat-downs. 
CNN has an even more detailed story by Marnie Hunter here
Picture: Minneapolis, just before landing in June 2011. 

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