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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

US Homeland Security puts a 6 year old Indian girl on the no-fly list for suspicion of being a terrorist

Ever since the 9/11 attacks, the US Department of Homeland Security has the responsibility of ensuring that no further terrorist attacks happen in the US. Over a period of time, they seem to have succeeded in ensuring that no further attacks happen, and when attacks are being planned, they are nipped in the bid. A part of this is to ensure that people who are terrorism risks are not allowed on flights (and the fact that they have caught people on flights who are risks seems to have increased the determination to ensure that people are prevented from boarding flights if they are deemed as risks). As a part of this, the Department maintains a no-fly list of people who are not allowed to board. This must have been fairly successful, but there are several occasions when the Department has to be embarrassed about certain people who are prevented from flying, who are obviously not risky.
In this case, one can add one more. There is this girl (6 years old) whose parents were advised that she was on the list, and that they should contact the Department for getting her name off the list (link to article):

Alyssa Thomas, 6, is under spotlight of the US government, and her family recently came to know that she is on the "no fly" list maintained by the US homeland security. During a recent trip from Cleveland to Minneapolis, the girl’s father, Santhosh Thomas, and his wife were made aware of the listing.

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