We are all aware, or should be aware, of the infamous secret ‘no-fly list’ that the US government maintains that can result in people being abruptly told that they cannot board a plane without being told why or any means of getting off the list, short of going to court. It appears that the government also maintains another secret list called an ‘inhibited persons list’ that flags people for harassment.
Kevin Gosztola writes abut how Jesselyn Radack, a lawyer with the Government Accountability Project who also represents Edward Snowden, discovered that she was on this particular list when she was singled out for aggressive questioning at London’s Heathrow airport.
Notably, Radack mentioned she was told she was on an “inhibited persons list.” Jennifer Robinson, an Australian human rights lawyer who has represented WikiLeaks, discovered she was on this list in April of 2012.
According to a report by Australian journalist Bernard Keane, this is a term the Department of Homeland Security uses. From a DHS document:
‘Inhibited status’, as defined in this rule, means the status of a passenger or non-traveling individual to whom TSA [Transportation Security Administration] has instructed a covered aircraft operator or a covered airport operator not to issue a boarding pass or to provide access to the sterile area.
Keane highlighted the fact that in March 2012, “as part of the US government’s seemingly remorseless attempt to impose its laws on the rest of the world, the UK agreed to new rules that required airlines to provide the Department of Homeland Security with details of passengers even if they weren’t traveling to the United States, but to countries near the US, such as Canada, Mexico and Cuba.”
As I have said before, the US government thinks that it owns the world and unfortunately many other countries (notably the UK) seems willing to act like subservient client states and do its bidding.
I wonder how many different kinds of lists there are?