Rep. Thompson says ‘domestic terrorist’ rioters should be added to no-fly list

Rep. Thompson says ‘domestic terrorist’ rioters should be added to no-fly list

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - U.S. Representative Bennie Thompson (D-MS) wants people involved in riots at the U.S. Capitol to be labeled as domestic terrorists.

Thompson, who is the Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released a statement Thursday calling on TSA and the FBI to add those involved in the unrest at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday to be added to the no-fly list.

“Given the heinous domestic terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol yesterday, I am urging the Transportation Security Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to use their authorities to add the names of all identified individuals involved in the attack to the federal No-Fly List and keep them off planes. This should include all individuals identified as having entered the Capitol building—an intrusion which threatened the safety of Members of Congress and staff and served as an attack on our Nation.
Rep. Bennie Thompson

Earlier in the day Thursday, President-elect Joe Biden condemned the acts, urging Americans to not refer to them as “protests.”

Biden also described the pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol on Wednesday as “domestic terrorists” and assailed the Republican president for inciting the siege.

“The past four years we’ve had a president who’s made his contempt for our democracy, our Constitution, the rule of law, clear in everything he has done,” Biden said, vowing a dramatic shift in his administration. “More than anything, we need to restore the honor, the integrity, the independence of the Department of Justice that’s been so badly damaged.”

Thompson says those involved should not be allowed to fly because of the danger they pose.

“We already saw reports of ‘unruly mobs’ in air on the way to Washington, D.C. It does not take much imagination to envision how they might act out on their way out of D.C. if allowed to fly unfettered. This is an action that TSA and the FBI, by law, are able to take but, to my knowledge, have not yet taken. Alleged perpetrators of a domestic terrorist attack who have been identified by the FBI should be held accountable.”
Rep. Bennie Thompson

Two Mississippians are among those who were arrested amid the unrest. Hundreds of people were arrested by the Metropolitan Police.

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