"Plainly, air travel safety is not what any of this is about. It is about inventing ways to punish US Muslims and deprive them of the most basic rights without so much as providing any notice, let alone any due process that would enable the secret, unknown accusations to be discovered and rebutted. And it is a very common weapon."
Some of you probably remember this story from November. Saadiq Long, an American citizen, had been living with his wife and two children for several years in Qatar teaching English. Despite never having been charged with a crime, Long was barred from reentering his own country when attempting to visit his seriously ill mother. After a several-month-long battle, he was removed from the no-fly list without explanation.
His lawyers informed the FBI of when Long planned to fly back to Qatar to ensure there would be no problems, but sure enough, he was still denied a boarding pass on the day of his departure. The airline and the FBI are refusing to comment, once again leaving him with no way to know why he is on the list or how he can work towards getting back to Qatar, his job, and his family. Full story over here.