News You Really Need To See: “U.S. Lifts Secrecy on List of Banned Fliers”

“U.S. Lifts Secrecy on List of Banned Fliers”

The Washington Post, April 15, 2015, p.A3

“Under legal pressure, the Obama administration will begin telling some suspected terrorists if and why they are on a list of tens of thousands of people banned from flying to, from or within the United States.  The new policy allows for an American traveler who has been denied boarding a commercial airliner to petition the U.S. Transportation Security Administration once to find out whether he or she is on the no-fly list and a second time for an unclassified explanation of why he or she is on the list.  In some cases, the government will not be able to provide an explanation because of national security concerns. … Last fall, there were about 64,000 people on the no-fly list, according to the government.  Typically, less than 5 percent of those on the list are Americans.  The list fluctuates in size.  Previously, the government’s policy was never to confirm or deny that a person actually is on list, citing national security concerns.  In most instances, travelers assume they are on the list because they are instructed to go through additional screening at airports or because they are told they can’t board their flights.”

Quickie analysis:  It seems rather astonishing that this is just happening now.

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