Sunday, September 01, 2013

Federal Judge Hands Partial Win To Americans On No-Fly List

The ACLU says a U.S. district judge has taken a step toward ruling the no-fly list wholly unconstitutional.


FILE - This May 11, 2012, file photo shows Nusrat Chadoury, lead attorney for the plaintiffs, National ACLU National Security Program, talking with reporters following oral arguments on the ACLU No Fly List challenge, in Portland, Ore.  A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that a lawsuit over the government's no-fly list can go forward in a lower court in Oregon."More than two years ago, our clients were placed on a secret government blacklist that denied their right to travel without an explanation or chance to confront the evidence against them," Nusrat Choudhury, an ACLU lawyer who argued the case, said in a statement. "The Constitution requires the government to provide our clients a fair chance to clear their names and a court will finally hear their claims." (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
This May 11, 2012, photo shows Nusrat Chadoury, lead attorney for the plaintiffs, National ACLU National Security Program, talking with reporters following oral arguments on the ACLU No Fly List challenge, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

On Wednesday a federal court partially ruled against the U.S. government’s secretive “no-fly list,” agreeing with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) that the list violated the constitutional rights of 13 Americans, including four military veterans, whose names were on the list.
U.S. District Judge Anna Brown ruled that the 13 Americans “have a constitutionally protected liberty interest” in traveling internationally via air travel. Inclusion on the list, Brown indicated, smears an individual as a suspected terrorist, which can result in a violation of those person’s constitutional rights.

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