Steve Chapman Says the No-Fly List Took a Hit

have always treasured the freedom to pick up and go anywhere they
please. Our forebears had to travel to get here, often had to
travel more after they arrived and sometimes moved on to uncharted
territories out West only to return East. No one stopped them,
whatever direction they were going. They had the good fortune to
live and migrate before the creation of the all-encompassing
national security state. After the 9/11 attacks, Americans woke up
to find that their freedom to travel was not a fundamental right
but a vaporous privilege, bestowed by the government and revocable
at its whim. For more than a decade, writes Steve Chapman, the
federal government assumed it could consign thousands of Americans
to travel purgatory without justifying itself to anyone. But the
no-fly list as currently administered may be headed for its final

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