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Congresswoman Clarke Introduces Watch List Redress Bill



This legislation would require the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to establish a more effective redress process for removing an erroneous name from the ‘No Fly List.’ More specifically, the Department of Homeland Security must maintain a ‘Comprehensive Cleared List’ that is furnished to, and used by, all agencies within the Department.  Additionally, this list will be furnished to other Federal, state, local, and tribal agencies, and others that use the terrorist watch list (Ex. State Dept. and FBI).


“In the post 9-11 world, it is necessary to maintain a database of those who may seek to do our nation harm,” said Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke.  “Nonetheless it is imperative that we devise a system to address those innocent individuals that are mistakenly identified and who may suffer great loss.  The FAST Redress Act will end the frustration of these individuals by creating a single, comprehensive ‘cleared list’ which will allow people to apply to just one office to have their names cleared throughout the government.”


To date, more than 15,000 Americans have sought redress from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and voluntarily provided personal information to facilitate travel and prevent further misidentifications and delays. Unfortunately this system has been inefficient as this information is not currently shared with any other agency.


Congresswoman Clarke represents New York’s 11th Congressional District located in central Brooklyn.


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