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July 18, 2006

Canadian no-fly list: terrorists OK

Filed under: Aviation Security,International HLS — by Christian Beckner on July 18, 2006

From a story on the Canadian Press wire service:

Being a member of a terrorist organization won’t necessarily land someone on Canada’s “no-fly” list, The Canadian Press has learned.

Proposed criteria would limit inclusion on the roster to those who pose “an immediate threat to aviation security,” say internal briefing notes prepared by Transport Canada.

Draft regulations—disclosed by a source familiar with details of the plan—confirm the no-fly list will be tightly focused and reviewed every 30 days to keep it up to date.

“You cannot be put on the list on the sole basis that you’re a member of a ‘terrorist group,’” said the source. “In addition, you have to be a demonstrable threat to aviation safety.”

The no-fly initiative, known as “Passenger Protect,” also will feature an independent appeal process—but it won’t provide financial compensation to those improperly placed on the list, said the source, who asked not be named.

….The source said that under the proposed regulations, people involved in a terrorist group—either now or in the past—could be added to the list only if there were reason to suspect they may “compromise civil aviation, the security of any aircraft or aerodrome, or the safety of the public, passengers, or crew.

So are there really current members of terrorist organizations who somehow AREN’T a threat to the aviation system? I don’t think so.

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1 Comment »

Comment by Jimbo

July 19, 2006 @ 4:45 pm

Members of the IRA? Basque Separatists?

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