Ohio-Based Terrorists Beware!

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This should be easy enough: If you live in Ohio and need to register an aircraft with the state, you must certify you're not a terrorist and do not provide material assistance to a group the U.S. Department of State considers a terror organization. That's according to a law passed in 2006 and effective for anyone seeking certain state-issued licenses, which applies to citizens and companies who own an Ohio-based aircraft and must register it with the state. For aircraft owners, compliance with the state's 2007 aircraft registration requirement involves completing a five-page form and answering such questions as, "Are you a member of an organization on the U.S. Department of State Terrorist Exclusion List? " Helpful hint: The correct answer is "no."

No, we are not making this up. The state says its form "was created to provide the state with an additional tool to deter and prosecute acts of terrorism within Ohio," and to ensure aircraft owners within the state are not terrorists. If you answer "yes" to any related question on the state's Declaration of Material Assistance form the state helpfully notes it "shall serve as a disclosure that material assistance ... has been provided." Any failure to correctly answer the questions is a felony. Not included among the questions is, "Are you now or have you ever been a terrorist?" Also not included in the disclosure requirement are motor vehicle owners, boaters, commercial driver license holders or anyone who wants to rent a Ryder truck.