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Ethical Discussion of the No Fly List

Written by Oreoluwa Alebiosu on April 10, 2014.

From the 'Hot Policy Issues' on the Electronic Privacy Information Center's Web site (, I shall analyze the 'EPIC Freedom of Information Act - FBI Watchlist' article. The article notes that there has been very little public information about the criteria for adding or removing names from the Terrorist Screening Center Database or the No Fly List. Furthermore, in the past five years, reports of the size of the No Fly List and Selectee List have varied from 44,000 and 75,000, respectively, in 2006, to 3,400 individuals on the No Fly List in 2009. Most recently, the No Fly List was said to have increased to 6,000 individuals between December 2009 and May 2010. There is a clear lack of accurate information in the public domain on the size of the No Fly List and Selectee List.

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