Legislation Looks To Create Better Redress System For No-Fly List, But Doesn't Really Define Better
from the heart-in-the-right-place dept
A big part of the TSA's security theater is the much-talked-about no-fly list. The only thing about the list is that it makes many more headlines for stopping five-year-olds and well-known US Senators than it does for actually stopping terrorist attacks. As has been pointed out before, it seems fairly unlikely that anybody intent on carrying out an attack would do so under their real name. Once you're on the watchlist, it's very difficult to get off, but a new bill passed in the House directs the Department of Homeland Security to establish a "timely and fair" redress system to replace TSA's often-criticized efforts. The bill doesn't clearly define how the process should work, apart from requiring the DHS to establish a whitelist of people who were on the no-fly list, but have proven to the government they're not terrorists. How does one do that? Your guess is as good as ours.