Judge Rejects Government’s Effort to Have No Fly List Lawsuit Dismissed by Invoking ‘State Secrets’

By: Friday October 31, 2014 12:22 pm

A federal judge has denied a motion by the United States government to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a US citizen alleging his constitutional rights were violated when he was placed on the No Fly List. The government had attempted to have the lawsuit dismissed by invoking the state secrets privilege. The case involves Gulet [...]

Did US Government Invoke “State Secrets” in Defamation Case Because Anti-Iran Organization Is Engaged in Graymail?

By: Wednesday October 29, 2014 6:33 pm

Attorneys for a business owner, who claims his company, Enterprises Shipping and Trading SA, was defamed by an anti-Iran advocacy group, are imploring a federal judge to not allow the United States government to invoke the state secrets privilege without making their reasons for doing so public. They suggest to the judge that the organization [...]

Government Won’t Explain Why It Thinks ‘State Secrets’ at Risk in Lawsuit Against Anti-Iran Group

By: Friday September 26, 2014 4:46 pm

The Justice Department has informed a judge that it refuses to additionally explain why it believes “state secrets” are relevant or some how entwined in the defense of an anti-Iran advocacy group accused of defamation. Greek businessman and ship owner Victor Restis alleges that United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) falsely and maliciously identified him as [...]

Why Is Justice Department Protecting Anti-Iran Group & Not Prosecuting It for Possessing ‘State Secrets’?

By: Friday September 19, 2014 11:29 am

A lawyer representing a Greek businessman and ship owner, who has accused an anti-Iran advocacy group of falsely and maliciously identifying him as part of their campaign to name and shame individuals and companies that do business in Iran, has responded to the Justice Department’s unprecedented decision to claim state secrets privilege. Abbe Lowell represents [...]

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 [...]

The Justice Department’s Scandalous Decision to Invoke ‘State Secrets’ & Protect an Anti-Iran Group

By: Monday September 15, 2014 8:10 pm

In an unprecedented move, the United States government has moved to invoke the state secrets privilege in a private defamation lawsuit, which does not appear to hinge upon any government activity. The government has also called for the court hearing the case to dismiss the lawsuit. The lawsuit filed in the US District Court of [...]

Was It Really ‘Human Error’ That Had a Malaysian Doctoral Student Put on the No Fly List?

By: Saturday February 15, 2014 10:24 am

In recent weeks, it has been learned that a Malaysian doctoral student, who was twice granted a visa from the United States to study and obtain degrees  architecture, including a Ph. D, had her due process rights violated when she was placed on the no-fly list. She never posed a threat to the US, something [...]

Muslim American Subjected to Rendition, Detention & Abuse Continues Effort to Hold FBI Agents Accountable

By: Tuesday December 10, 2013 5:10 pm

Amir Meshal, a United States citizen born and raised in New Jersey, is a Muslim, who decided to visit Mogadishu, Somalia, in 2006, in order to “broaden his understanding of Islam after the country’s volatile political situation had largely stabilized.” Yet, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing him in a lawsuit, [...]

The State Secrets Privilege: A Horrendous Creation of the Judiciary

By: Monday August 20, 2012 4:16 pm

The judiciary proved last week, once again, how impotent and subservient to unchecked executive power it is when a federal court judge invoked the state secrets privilege and dismissed most of a suit against Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents, who infiltrated and spied on mosques in Orange County in California. The ruling essentially gave [...]

Court Ruling Brings End to Lawsuit Against Bush Warrantless Wiretapping

By: Tuesday August 7, 2012 5:45 pm

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against an Islamic charity that claimed it was the target of warrantless wiretapping by the National Security Agency when the Bush administration was in power. The ruling overturned the awarding of damages and attorneys’ fees to the charity, and found the government is immune to claims of [...]

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