FBI Asks SCOTUS to Maintain No-Fly List Secrecy

Justices heard arguments in the case of an Oregon man who was previously barred from flying.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to keep the operations of the No Fly List secret. The FBI maintains the No Fly List to keep suspected terrorists from boarding an airplane that will arrive in the United States or even flying through U.S. airspace. The bureau says it is rare for an American citizen to be on their watchlist.

However, one American citizen from Oregon ended up on the watch list several years ago. His name was removed in 2016, but his case is before the U.S. Supreme Court because he wants guarantees that he will not be barred from flying or enjoying a normal life. 

The FBI’s attorney contends, “He’s not on the list; he hasn’t been on the list in eight years. There’s simply no case or controversy. In the unlikely event that he’s put back on the list in the future, he can bring a challenge at that time.” 

The Supreme Court justices could decide the case is moot, no longer a controversy for courts to decide. The court heard the case Monday, and a decision is expected by the end of June. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For wisdom for the justices as they consider the case of the American citizen who was barred from flying in the U.S.
  • For officials in the FBI as they maintain the No Fly List and terror watchlists.

Sources: Washington Times, SCOTUS Blog 


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