Judge: US Violated Rights of Passengers on “No-Fly” List

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The U.S. government’s “no fly” list violates constitutional protections by depriving travelers a meaningful way to have their names removed, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge Anna Brown of Portland, Oregon, ordered the Justice Department to redraft procedures “with the requisite due process” and without jeopardizing national security.

Thirteen plaintiffs, mostly Muslim-Americans, challenged their inclusion on the list. They said they were denied boarding on flights without explanation, and were not allowed to present evidence to show they were no threat to public safety.

The “no-fly” list produced by the FBI was created after the 9/11 al Qaeda hijacking of four airliners as an anti-terror measure. It has been expanded over the years, and includes thousands of names.

It also has been the subject of controversy at times over its size, the criteria for selecting names, and claims that it unfairly singled out Muslims.

By Bill Mears

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