2004 August 19

Sen. Ted Kennedy Caught by “No-Fly” List


One of the programs developed by the administration of George W. Bush was a No-Fly List of suspected terrorists, who were barred from flying on domestic airlines. Eventually, there were several different “watch lists” of people prohibited from flying. On this day, it was revealed that U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy had been blocked from flying because his name matched a similar name on the No-Fly list. The fact that one of the most prominent U.S. Senators would be swept up by the government’s no-fly list policy dramatized the inability of such lists to focus on specific individuals about whom there is some legitimate evidence about their involvement in possible terrorist activities.

Learn more about no fly lists: https://www.aclu.org/national-security/factsheet-aclus-challenge-us-governments-no-fly-list

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