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Terrorism Watch List is Unconstitutional, Judge Rules .
« on: September 13, 2019, 06:49:21 PM »
September 5, 2019 .

Reopening the legal debate about a key national security tool used by thousands of U.S. and international government agencies, a federal judge has declared that a terrorism watch list created after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga in Virginia ruled that the Terrorist Screening Database, maintained by the FBI and other government agencies, doesn’t give Americans on the list an adequate opportunity to challenge their status as potential terrorism suspects, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The lawsuit was filed in 2016 by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), on behalf of nearly two dozen Americans who believe they are in the database.

Trenga ruled that the plaintiffs “have constitutionally protected liberty interests” that are implicated by the government maintaining such a database and that the process for challenging their inclusion on the list is inadequate.

“There is no evidence, or contention, that any of these plaintiffs satisfy the definition of a ‘known terrorist,’” Trenga wrote. “The watch list’s arbitrary criteria has long enabled the government to target Muslims based on their faith and then build a secretive network map of their associations,” said CAIR attorney Carolyn Homer .

https://thecrimereport.org/2019/09/05/terrorism-watch-list-is-unconstitutional-judge-rules/ .


 
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