Blacklisted from the skies
Blacklisted from the skiesUS citizens demand answers from the government about their ban from air travel.
A No Fly List created by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) prohibits some 20,000 people from all flights in or out of the United States. Most of them are unaware of why they've been placed on the list and have no practical means of appeal or confirmation that their names are even included.
A lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of 15 U.S. citizens and legal residents is an attempt to shed light on the secretive process.
In this episode of the Stream, we speak to Abe Mashal, a plaintiff in the case; Martin Reardon, former Director of the FBI Terrorist Screening Center; and Chris Calabrese (@CRCalabrese), Legislative Counsel for the ACLU.
What do you think? What's behind the secrecy surrounding the No Fly List? Is it an appropriate line of defense by the US government? Send us your thoughts and comments on Facebook or Twitter using hashtag #AJStream.