From Pine View Farm

Throwing away the Key 1

Leonard Pitts, Jr., on the “no-fly” list:

  • They won’t let you fly.
  • They won’t tell you why.
  • They won’t show you the list.
  • They won’t take your name off the list.
  • They won’t give you any way to appeal.

The list, then, is a purgatory to which one can be consigned in perpetuity with neither due process nor judicial review, because one’s name happened to be similar to that of some bad person. And there is no form you fill out or person you can talk to to have the error corrected. You’ve simply got to live with it.

I can understand a desire to keep the list confidential.

The no appeal thing, though, is beyond the pale.


1 comment

  1. Cargosquid

    July 7, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    I haven’t figured out why its confidential.  Once you are told that you are on the list, the list as it applies to you is no longer secret.  If a terrorist, sorry, person of interest, tries to fly, they find out too.
    If they are too dangerous to fly, arrest them.