A recent article on the American Association of University Professors website caught my eye with details of international scholars that have been denied entry, or in some cases, re-entry, to the US. While all the cases are troubling, the cases where the government has refused to provide cause for denial are the the worst. In an atmosphere of secrecy and silence it is too easy for government officials to abuse power in an already bureaucratic process. Accountability demands a measure of openness and a system of appeal, and we need to make it easier for people to visit and conduct business, not more difficult. Continuing with the current system will only lead to continued bad publicity and animosity toward Americans traveling to other countries.