The ‘No Fly List’ operates in secret, and its power to exclude is vast | Jeffrey Kahn

The ‘No Fly List’ operates in secret, and its power to exclude is vast | Jeffrey Kahn
By Jeffrey Kahn

The standard for inclusion is often based on a ‘predictive judgment’, a ‘reasonable suspicion’ that someone is a ‘suspected terrorist’

The No Fly List is not a government program easily challenged. Indeed, it operates in secrecy, from an undisclosed location, administered by an office – the Terrorist Screening Center – that doesn’t accept public inquiries. When challenged in court, the watchlisters routinely declare their methods safe but secret and fight the disclosure of their standards and criteria for inclusion.

The British Muslim family recently denied travel to Disneyland might soon discover this, despite the fact that Prime Minister David Cameron has been called upon to examine the case.

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December 23, 2015 at 07:04PM
via Opinion | The Guardian http://ift.tt/1JvvPFq

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