Michigan's Dingell Wants FBI and DHS to Audit No-Fly List to Protect Innocent People

August 23, 2021, 2:22 PM

Michigan U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell is asking the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security to audit the "No-Fly and Selectee" lists to ensure that innocent American citizens aren't included.

A letter Monday to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas says in part:

Our national terror database and watchlists have grown to larger numbers and are continuing to cause due process problems for innocent individuals who have been added to watch lists since September 11th. As of June 17, 2016, there were approximately 81,000 known No-Fly List records and around 1,000 were U.S. citizens, according to answers from the FBI and National Counterterrorism Center in a Congressional inquiry.

Over the years there have been numerous examples of individuals, including prominent figures such as Congressman John Lewis and Senator Edward Kennedy, who have faced significant hardship after they were mistakenly added to the No-Fly List or Selectee List. These errors have a profound impact on affected individuals that continue to this day, subjecting innocent, law-abiding Americans to unnecessary scrutiny and distress.

The letter also notes that there is no meaningful process in place for someone to challenge an error and clear their name.

► Read the two-page letter

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