No-fly lists: A new tactic of exile?
Writing on AlJazeera.com Tuesday, Toronto-based writer and analyst Murtaza Hussain argues that under the Obama administration no-fly lists have become a tool for the authorities to de facto exile individuals from the United States.
The No-Fly List compiles more than 21,000 names (over 500 of American citizens) suspected of involvement with terrorist activity. If your name is on the list you can't fly into or out of the United States. As Hussain notes, echoing concerns expressed this week by the ACLU, "over the past decade there have been countless documented cases of individuals who have suddenly found themselves permanently stranded abroad after being banned from the United States despite holding legal residency and/or citizenship in the country." He writes: