Following the insurrection led by pro-Trump supporters that took place on Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol, there are fears that rioters will roam the streets freely and continue being destructive. Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), released a statement last week in relation to those who attended the riot and caused havoc where five people died.
Thompson is urging the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to use their authorities to add violent “protestors” who participated in the domestic terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol last week to the No-Fly List and keep them off planes and airlines.
“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.”
Thompson continued: “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.”
Thompson represents Mississippi’s Second Congressional District and is serving his 13th term in the United States House of Representatives.