What process is afforded an American citizen before they are put on the no-fly list, Trey Gowdy asked the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Screening Coordination Officer of Policy, Department of Homeland Security.
The idea behind the no-fly list is to ignore Due Process until you find out due process has been chilled and then try to get the right back after you lose it.
Gowdy was questioning a top level DHS official who is in charge of our immigration and refugee screening processes as well as all the coordination among inter- and intra- agency departments.
“What process is afforded a United States citizen before that person’s Constitutional right is infringed. That [The President] is fine with doing it with the Second Amendment. My question is, how about the First? How about we not let them set up a website, or a Google account? How about we not let them join a church until they petition Government to get off the list? How about not get a lawyer? How about the 6th amendment? How about you can’t get a lawyer until you petition the government to get off the list? Or my favorite, how about the 8th amendment? We’re going to subject you to cruel and unusual punishment until you petition the government to get off the list? Is there another Constitutional right that we treat the same way for American citizens than we do the Second Amendment? Can you think of one?”
He asked it of a woman who couldn’t answer a single question on immigration and it is no surprise she knows nothing of the Constitution.
When she collected herself, she said, “I don’t have an answer for you Sir.”
If this were Japan in the 20th century, she’d have to go home and commit Hari Kari and she’s one of the ones doing our “robust” vetting.
You can hear more from this top official at DHS on the link below.