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Bill H.R. 2401: No fly, no buy could set dangerous precedent

On May 13, 2009 Representative Carolyn McCarthy introduced H.R. 2401:  No Fly, No Buy Act of 2009.  You Can view the full text here.   The bill states, "To increase public safety and reduce the threat to domestic security by including persons who may be prevented from boarding an aircraft in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, and for other purposes."

To simplify, the TSA's no fly list, which currently has over 1 million names, will be combined
with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System used to authorize the sale of firearms. 
Here is  Rahm Emanuel explaining this process in-depth.

Hold up Rahmbo, did you just say, "if you are on the no fly list because you are known as maybe a possible terrorist you cannot buy a hand gun in America."  Read that again, "you are known as maybe a possible terrorist."  So let me get this straight, this bill will diminish a citizens natural-born right to own a hand gun because you think he might be?  Not good enough.  Where did the 5th amendment go?

Before we move on, let's take a closer look at the TSA's current No Fly list.  The list is an ineffective joke, there's no other way to put it.  Just look at any number of these cases involving the No Fly List and you'll quickly see how ineffective it is.

Here is a document outlining numerous cases of innocent people harassed at the airport for being on the list.  These are official reports supplied by a freedom of information act
http://epic.org/foia_docs/airtravel/letter1.pdf

TSA searches, detains 5 year old because his name was on no-fly list
http://www.boingboing.net/2008/01/09/tsa-searches-detains.html

60-Minutes: Average Joes on No-Fly List

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Given those instances, it's obvious the list is ineffective at best. Unfortunately as more DHS reports (which outline who the government views as terrorists or extremists)are released one could only conclude those will serve as guidelines to continually add names to the no fly list, therefore robbing citizens of their second amendment based on their views without a judge or jury.  The Department of Homeland Security's Lexicon outlines who needs close surveillance for local law enforcement officials.  You can see my analysis on the DHS Lexicon in my previous article here.

I have two big problems with these lists.  The first being, there doesn't seem to be a clear cut way for an innocent person to get off this list.  Could you imagine living your life as well and clean as could be only to be sideswiped by a list you have no business being on?  My second problem is this, why aren't you notified?  Why must you find out this horrendous surprise at the airport? If you really are a threat to America, why aren't you questioned the moment your added to the list?  Why would our government allow over 1,000,000 known or suspected terrorists to roam around the States without interference, I don't know, but I'd sure like an answer. 

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