What is the No-Fly List. I mean we all know the purpose of the terrorist watch list don’t we. That list of over 400,000 names is there to help us keep an eye on those who are or have ties to terrorism both nationally and abroad. But what of this No-Fly List. I mean we know the basics of the thing, a document created by the Terrorist Screening Center that contains the names of people not permitted to board a commercial aircraft for travel in or out of the United States. For all that who are they targeting?
There have been cases of children whose names were on the list who weren’t permitted to fly. Dan Brown, an active duty Marine was prevented from returning home in April of 2006 because his name was on the list. When Senator Ted Kennedy was alive he actually contacted the Director of Homeland Security to have his name removed from the list (T Kennedy was the alias of some terrorist). Then we know that in 2008 the Washington Post reported the Maryland state Police classified 53 political activists as terrorist for everything from opposing the death penalty to the war overseas. So I guess protesting makes one a terrorist now. Not surprising seeing as how returning veterans might be considered domestic terror suspects under this administration.
Now we’ve got the case of a man taking a military flight to Hawaii to board another aircraft to Okinawa to see his active duty wife. So he is just be bopping his way there as a military dependant and he is yanked off the aircraft in Hawaii and questioned how he managed to get on board. They eventually let him know he is on the No-Fly List and will not be permitted to board another plane. Now this guy is from Mississippi and he is stuck in Hawaii with no way off the freaking island. Nor will they tell him why he is on the list, only that he is there and will not be getting onto any plane of any sort. So this guy has been trapped on an island and restricted from interstate travel which is a Constitutional Right.
The constitutional right to travel from one State to another “. . . has been firmly established and repeatedly recognized.” United States v. Guest, 383 U.S. 74, 757. This constitutional right, which, of course, includes the right of “entering and abiding in any State in the Union,” Truax v. Raich, 239 U.S. 33, 39, is not a mere conditional liberty subject to regulation and control under conventional [p643] due process or equal protection standards.
But apparently none of that outdated constitutional bs applies when we are taking terrorism or a no-fly list at the very least. But for Wade Hicks Jr, that is a moot point right now because as of 14 October of this year has been incarcerated on the island of Oahu and is restricted from leaving for all intents and purposes. What is his crime, we don’t know, no one will say, only that he is an outspoken “patriot” and openly critical of the NDAA. He is a former talk-show host of a small, local radio station known for its “patriotic bias.” He is a member of “Patriots for America” and the Mississippi Preparedness Project. He is openly vocal about the erosion of our rights and has a concealed handgun permit in his home state. But apparently that was enough to make him an enemy of the state.
Constitutional rights indeed, they can be swept away just as easily as that when you are the one singled out and no one is standing up to big brother for you. He may eventually get to fly home, but we’ll have to standby and wait for now.