The Department of Homeland Security actually maintains a “hands-off” list of known terrorists or those suspected of engaging in terrorist activities, allowing them to travel into and out of the United States as they please, even as law-abiding Americans are harassed and harangued by being put on the no-fly list for political reasons. As reported by The Daily Caller, the list is the subject of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch in February after DHS failed to comply with a July 2014 FOIA request for any materials related to the list. The Daily Caller noted that Judicial Watch said in a press release that the original FOIA filing requested a “copy of a copy” of the DHS Inspector General report detailing a “hands-off list” that the massive agency allegedly maintained in conjunction with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), two bureaus within DHS.
“The Obama administration’s unlawful secrecy on this ‘hands off’ list raises concerns about terrorists being allowed into the country,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said. “Even when it comes to protecting our borders from known terrorists, the Obama administration places secrecy and politics above national security. Our nation has reached a dangerous pass.” Judicial Watch said that the list was used to permit the entry of particular individuals into the country who were previously denied such entry or were made to endure additional screening by CBP because of suspected terrorist ties. MORE