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

By: 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.

 

Late Night: Defective X-Ray Pornscanners. You Can See Sideboobs But Not Sidearms

By: Wednesday August 20, 2014 8:00 pm

Wired has a story today about a team of security researchers demonstrated how people can slip weapons and explosives past TSA’s Rapiscan full-body X-ray scanners.

The article talks about blogger Jonathan Corbett who published a YouTube video two years ago showing some of these same failings which the TSA pooh-poohed. Now these researchers from the University of California at San Diego, the University of Michigan, and Johns Hopkins are showing the same things and more.

Big Rail Cites Bin Laden, Al Qaeda to Fight Oil-by-Rail Route Transparency

By: Wednesday August 20, 2014 2:30 pm

While many states around the U.S. have released information to the public about the frequency and routes of trains carrying oil obtained from hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale basin, holdouts still remain.

Why the delay? Homeland security concerns, claim some companies.

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

By: Thursday July 24, 2014 8:01 am

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.”

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

By: Tuesday July 1, 2014 10:02 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.

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 9:40 am

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 had provided them no notice or information on why they were placed on the watch list so they could challenge their inclusion.

Federal Judge Rules US Citizens Placed on No-Fly List Had Their Due Process Rights Violated

By: Tuesday June 24, 2014 3:19 pm

A federal district court in Oregon has ruled that United States citizens who were placed on the No-Fly List had their rights to “procedural due process” violated. The current process is unconstitutional and the government must “provide a new process” that satisfies the “constitutional requirements for due process.”

The ACLU brought a case on behalf of: Ayman Latif, a US citizen and disabled Marine veteran who was prohibited from flying to the US; Samir Mohamed Ahmed Mohamed, a US citizen who was not allowed to fly home to the US after he visited family in Yemen; Ibrahim Mashal, a US citizen and US Marine Corps veteran who is a dog trainer and was prohibited from flying; as well as ten others. Neither of the plaintiffs were given notice or details as to why they were placed on the No-Fly List.

Supreme Court to Hear Case Involving Whether Government Employees Can Go to Press & Blow the Whistle

By: Monday May 19, 2014 3:03 pm

The United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal from the administration of President Barack Obama that will address the issue of whether someone employed by the federal government has a right to go public with their whistleblower claims, such as evidence of misconduct by an agency.

A Civics Lesson From America’s Airports, and the TSA

By: Thursday May 8, 2014 1:28 pm

As part of America’s commitment to equal treatment for all, I was somehow again selected for random additional screening. It was a good thing, as it meant at least I was still not on the no-fly list.

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

By: Saturday February 15, 2014 7:50 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 the government conceded in a trial in December of last year. Yet, according to the government, her placement on the list was a result of “human error,” not because of the intricate system of putting people on watch lists that has developed since the September 11th attacks.

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