Federal Judge Rules Watchlist of “Known or Suspected Terrorists” Violates Constitutional Rights of Americans
Yesterday, federal Judge Anthony Trenga of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, ruled that a “U.S. government database of people identifies as beinhg ‘known or suspected terrorists’ violates the constitutional rights of American citizens who are added to the watchlist” the New York Times reported.
Judge Trenga’s opinion “Calls into question the constitutionality of a key tool that the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security use for screening potential terrorism suspects.” The lawsuit was brought on by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on behalf of American citizens on the watchlist saying “those on the list face intense scrutiny by authorities; it can stop them from getting benefits and prevent people from boarding planes or entering the U.S.”
CAIR called the judge’s opinion “complete victory.” There are more than a million people on the list, “most of whom are not U.S. citizens.” On the first page of the 32 pages in the suit of ANAS EHADY, et al, v. CHARLES KABLE, et al, Director of the Terrorist Screening Center, in his official capacity the opinon states:
Plaintiffs are twenty-three United States citizens who claim that because of their inclusion in the federal government’s Terrorist Screening Database (“TSDB”) referred to colloquially as ‘the Watchlist,’ they have suffered a range of adverse consequences without a constitutionally adequate remedy.
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