This bill would prohibit the Dept. of Homeland Security from preventing a passenger from boarding a flight or cruise simply because they appear on an automatic selectee list, no fly list, terror watch list or any similar list maintained by the federal government unless they’ve been convicted of terrorism.
What is House Bill H.R. 248?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 248
In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) introduced because individuals on no fly lists often haven’t been charged or convicted of a crime:
“The government may not infringe on any of our rights without due process. People are added to the president’s no-fly list on the basis of secret criteria, without trial and the ability to confront the accuser, and without conviction. This list and others like it are unconstitutional.”
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) explained its opposition to the no fly list:
“The government contends that it can place Americans on the No Fly List who have never been charged let alone convicted of a crime, on the basis of prediction that they nevertheless pose a threat (which is undefined) of conduct that the government concedes “may or may not occur.” Criteria like these guarantee a high risk of error and it is imperative that the watchlisting system include due process safeguards — which it does not. In the context of the No Fly List, for example, the government refuses to provide even Americans who know they are on the List with the full reasons for the placement, the basis for those reasons, and a hearing before a neutral decision-maker.”
Summary by Eric Revell(Photo Credit: mikkelwilliam / iPhoto)
No Fly for Terrorists Act
To limit the authority of personnel of the Department of Homeland Security to prohibit a citizen or permanent resident of the United States from boarding as a passenger on an aircraft or cruise ship based on inclusion of the individual in a watchlist, and for other purposes.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
- The house has not voted
Transportation and Maritime SecurityCommittee on Homeland SecurityIntroducedJanuary 4th, 2017
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