In the Eastern District of Virginia, the Justice Department has been fighting a lawsuit brought by a US citizen, who claims his constitutional rights were violated when he was placed on the No Fly List. The judge has not blindly accepted the government’s state secrets claims and left open the possibility that the government may fail to get the case thrown out. However, the day before a major hearing for summary judgment, the FBI put the US citizen’s brother on the Bureau’s list of “Most Wanted Terrorists.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday January 30, 2015 11:00 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday January 29, 2015 5:00 pm|
In a case where a US citizen is alleging his constitutional rights were violated when he was placed on the No Fly List, Attorney General Eric Holder and the United States Justice Department claim a federal judge is not interpreting the state secrets privilege correctly. The judge denied a motion to dismiss in October of last year, and the judge has been reviewing documents relevant to the case to determine whether the government’s state secrets claims are valid.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday October 31, 2014 2:38 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.
|By: Peter Van Buren Wednesday October 15, 2014 8:15 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 no-fly tool against would-be jihadis. So why hasn’t this process been used more often?
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday October 11, 2014 8:30 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 representing these individuals in their lawsuit against the government.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday September 18, 2014 1:45 pm|
ACLU, Due Process, Eric Holder, Gulet Mohamed, No Fly List, Rahinah Ibrahim, State Secrets Privilege, Torture
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday August 5, 2014 5:00 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 the Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB). The TSDB is an “unclassified pool of information shared across the intelligence community and the military as well as local law enforcement, foreign government and private contractors.”
An unnamed intelligence source provided The Intercept with documents from the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) that provide some of the most recent statistics on the government’s watchlisting of “known or suspected terrorists.” It is data the government insists is too sensitive to be voluntarily and regularly disclosed to the public.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday August 1, 2014 9:35 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 States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has engaged in the “unlawful delay and denial of plaintiffs’ applications for citizenship and lawful permanent residence [LPR] under a secretive policy” known as the Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program (CAARP).
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday July 29, 2014 3:30 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.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday July 25, 2014 7:45 am|
I appeared on RT’s “Breaking the Set,” which is hosted by Abby Martin. Center for Constitutional Rights fellow Susan Hu and I appeared as part of a panel to discuss the released guidebook. We covered a lot of ground in the twelve minutes we had to discuss the watchlisting criteria.