Can the US Seize Would-Be Jihadis’ Passports?

By: Wednesday October 15, 2014 7:41 am

Can the U.S. government seize the passports of American citizens who it believes may travel abroad to join ISIS or other terror groups? Yep. The process is almost no-cost to the government, extra-judicial, can be made secret and requires a lengthy court process to even try to contest. No passport, no international travel, the ultimate [...]

In Historic Development, Seven Americans Are Notified by US Government They Aren’t on No Fly List

By: Saturday October 11, 2014 10:09 am

As a result of a court ruling that found thirteen United States citizens who were placed on the No Fly List had their rights to “procedural due process” violated, seven US citizens have been notified by the government that they are not currently on that particular watchlist. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had been involved [...]

In No Fly List Case, Judge Questions Government’s ‘State Secrets’ Claims & Orders Documents Be Produced

By: Thursday September 18, 2014 3:09 pm

In a lawsuit in which a US citizens has alleged that his constitutional rights were violated when he was placed on the No Fly List, a federal judge has ordered the government to produce documents so he can review them and determine whether the government should be allowed to invoke the state secrets privilege. The [...]

Hundreds of Thousands of People Unaffiliated With Terrorist Group on US Government Watchlist

By: Tuesday August 5, 2014 6:31 pm

Two hundred and eighty thousand people or more than forty percent of the individuals on the government’s main watchlist are not affiliated with any “recognized terrorist group,” according to a report from The Intercept. “The watchlist,” as described in the story from journalists Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux, is typically the list with data from [...]

Lawsuit Challenges Secretive Policy Allegedly Used Against Muslim Immigrants to Deny Citizenship

By: Friday August 1, 2014 10:53 am

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of five Muslims allegedly denied American citizenship because of a secretive policy a Homeland Security Department’s immigration agency operates. The program grants the government broad discretion to designate those applying for citizenship as “national security concerns.” According to the ACLU’s filed complaint [PDF], the United [...]

In No-Fly List Lawsuit by American Muslims, DOJ Argues ‘No Constitutional Right Not to Become an Informant’

By: Tuesday July 29, 2014 4:46 pm

The United States Justice Department has moved to dismiss a lawsuit in which American Muslims allege that that twenty-five law enforcement officials, particularly FBI agents, had them placed on the No Fly List after they refused to become government informants in their community. In April, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and Creative Law Enforcement [...]

‘Breaking The Set’ Segment on Leaked Guidebook for Placing Individuals on Terrorism Watchlists

By: Thursday July 24, 2014 10:33 pm

The Intercept published a major story yesterday on a guidebook from the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) that contains criteria employees should follow when placing people on the United States’ terrorism watchlists, including the No-Fly List. (I posted my own analysis of the story here.) The guidebook is vague, riddled with loopholes and gives employees a lot [...]

Leaked Rulebook Reveals Loophole-Ridden Criteria for Placing Individuals on Terrorist Watchlists

By: Wednesday July 23, 2014 7:53 pm

A secret United States government rulebook for placing “known terrorists” and “suspected terrorists” on government watchlists, including the No-Fly List, has been published by The Intercept. It was obtained from an unnamed “intelligence source.” The “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance” [PDF] from the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) contains the criteria by which officials can blacklist individuals [...]

No-Fly List Appeals System Declared Unconstitutional; No-Fly is No Fair

By: Tuesday July 1, 2014 6:49 am

People on the government’s no-fly list are denied their constitutional right to due process, because the government’s procedures to challenge inclusion on the secretive roster are “wholly ineffective,” U.S. District Judge Anna Brown declared in a case brought by thirteen American citizens and supported by the ACLU. Important: The court did not declare the no-fly [...]

These Are the Americans on the No-Fly List Who Argued in Court Their Rights Had Been Violated and Won

By: Wednesday June 25, 2014 12:06 pm

Thirteen United States citizens represented by the American Civil Liberties Union sued the US government after they were prevented from flying over US airspace after January 1, 2009. They believed that they were on the No-Fly List because airline representatives, FBI agents and other government officials had informed them of this fact. But the government [...]

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