“This should include all individuals identified as having entered the Capitol building—an intrusion which threatened the safety of Members of Congress and staff and served as an attack on our Nation.”
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A Democrat representative has called on the federal government to place individuals that stormed the Capitol in protest of the 2020 election results on the national No-Fly List, a database usually reserved for suspected terrorists.
House Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) is calling on the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to “use their authorities” to place those identified during the storming of the Capitol building on Jan. 6 on the No-Fly List and “keep them off planes.”
“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. This should include all individuals identified as having entered the Capitol building—an intrusion which threatened the safety of Members of Congress and staff and served as an attack on our Nation,” Thompson said in a Thursday press release.
“We already saw reports of ‘unruly mobs’ in air on the way to Washington, D.C. It does not take much imagination to envision how they might act out on their way out of D.C. if allowed to fly unfettered. This is an action that TSA and the FBI, by law, are able to take but, to my knowledge, have not yet taken. Alleged perpetrators of a domestic terrorist attack who have been identified by the FBI should be held accountable,” he added.
As Flight Global notes, the national no fly list is a database that the FBI maintains in order to keep potential terrorists and terrorism suspects from the nation’s airports and aircraft.
“Individuals on the No Fly List are prevented from boarding an aircraft when flying within, to, from and over the United States,” the agency’s website states.
According to Politico Transportation reporter, Sam Mintz, Thompson’s call to add protestors to the list is purely a request, and so far no agency has acted.
So far dozens of individuals have been charged in connection with the Capitol breach on Wednesday, with acting U.S. Attorney for Washington, D.C., Michael Sherwin, saying this week that charges for insurrection and sedition “are on the table.”
“We’re not going to keep anything out of our arsenal for potential charges. We will bring the most maximum charges we can based upon the conduct,” Sherwin said.
Rep. Thompson’s call came one day after after flight attendants’ union AFA-CWA reportedly said that its members were afraid for their safety on-board aircraft in wake of the unruly incidents in Washington.