Schumer Urges FBI To Add Capitol Rioter “Insurrectionists” To No-Fly List
On Sunday we reported on a video that surfaced on Twitter Sunday via @RayRedacted who said, “People who broke into the Capitol Wednesday are now learning they are on No-Fly lists pending the full investigation. They are not happy about this.”
The unidentified man, yelling at an unknown airport about being kicked off a plane because he was labeled a “terrorist.”
In the video, the man could be heard saying, “They kicked me off the plane – they called me a f**king terrorist.”
At the time we suggested that some pro-Trump rioters who stormed the Capitol complex last week may have already been added to the federal No-Fly List, noting that last Thursday, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released a statement requesting the Transportation Security Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to use their powers to add pro-Trump rioters to the No-Fly List.
“Given the heinous domestic terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol yesterday, I am urging the Transportation Security Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to use their authorities to add the names of all identified individuals involved in the attack to the federal No-Fly List and keep them off planes,” Thompson said in a statement.
“Alleged perpetrators of a domestic terrorist attack who have been identified by the FBI should be held accountable.”
Well now things are escalating as Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer is doing just that by calling on the FBI to add anyone identified breaching the Capitol during last week’s violent riot to the federal no-fly list.
AP reports that Schumer sent a letter Tuesday to FBI Director Christopher Wray, saying the attack on the Capitol as Congress was voting to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s win was “domestic terrorism.”
He said those who stormed the Capitol should qualify as “insurrectionists for the No-Fly List.”
Schumer told Wray that they must also be fully prosecuted to the full extent of federal law.
Generally, in order to be placed on the no-fly list – considered by some to be one of the government’s most controversial post-Sept. 11 counterterrorism programs – the government must have information that the person presents “a threat of committing terrorism” to the aircraft or the U.S. homeland or U.S. facilities.
Tue, 01/12/2021 – 11:32
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