Goal: President Barack Obama
Target: Revise the ‘no-fly list’ so that non-threatening Muslim Americans can freely fly in and out of the United States
In April of 2012, a 43-year-old U.S. Muslim, Saddiq Long, was put on the ‘no-fly list’ after living overseas for a decade. Having served over 10 years in the U.S. Air Force, he was never convicted, indicted, or charged with any crimes, so this was bewildering to him. Sadly, being placed on the ‘no-fly list’ is an all too common case for U.S. Muslims post-9/11. Please demand that the Obama administration revise the ‘no-fly list’ so that U.S. citizens, including Muslims, can freely fly in and out of their own country.
Since 9/11, the government created a ‘no-fly list’ for suspected terrorists. However, since Obama’s term, the bar to get on the list has been lowered. The requirements to get on the list are now vague, with over 21,000 names in total on the list (doubled since Obama’s entrance into the office), including 500 U.S. citizens. Many Muslims, who possess citizenship as well as a crime-free record, have been banned from flying in and out of their own country.
Every U.S. citizen, no matter their race, culture, or religion, should be allowed the freedom to fly in and out of their own country. With no record of crime or threatening connection that will jeopardize national and/or international security, these Muslim Americans are being blindly pigeonholed as ‘potential terrorists.’ This is not how to fight terrorism. This is not how we treat our own citizens. This is not what America is about. Demand that the Obama administration revise its ‘no-fly list’ so that innocent Muslim Americans can exercise their freedom to travel as U.S. citizens.
Dear President Obama,
What happened on September 11 will forever be embedded in our minds. But as we press forward in our attempt to eliminate future terrorist attacks, we are taking away the very freedom of certain citizens in our country. The vague ‘no-fly list’ goes against every fiber of our nation’s being. Restricting Muslim Americans from flying to and from their own country is not the way to control terrorism; it is not the way we should run our country.
Most recently, a Muslim American, Shaddiq Long, a 10-year U.S. Air Force veteran, was barred from entering his own country because he was on the ‘no-fly list.’ He had no previous indictments, charges, or convictions. No one could give him an answer as to why he was restricted from freely flying to his ailing mother whom he hadn’t seen in over a decade. There have been many more instances in which Muslim Americans were unfairly put on the ‘no-fly list’ with no explanation.
The terrorists may have taken away thousands of lives but they did not take away our belief in liberty and freedom. Do not allow the terrorists to win. We are a strong, intelligent country; we are not a country that strips away our own citizen’s right to freely fly. Please revise your ‘no-fly list’ restrictions and allow Muslim Americans who are of no threat to enter and leave the U.S. as they please.
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