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Thursday, June 30, 2011

ACLU filed lawsuit challenging US 'No Fly List'
Dwyer Arce at 12:00 AM ET

On June 30, 2010, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the District of Oregon against the US government challenging the status of 10 US citizens and legal residents on the government's "No Fly List." Due to their status, the plaintiffs were prohibited from flying to or from the US or over US airspace. According to the complaint, thousands of people, including the plaintiffs, were never informed as to why they were placed on the list or given a chance to clear their names. The list had left several individuals stranded abroad, including plaintiffs Ayman Latif, a disabled US Marine Corps veteran stranded in Egypt, and Raymond Earl Knaeble, a US Army veteran stuck in Colombia. The ACLU argued that the list was comprised of people, who "on the basis of error or innuendo, the government deems too dangerous to fly, but too harmless to arrest. The Constitution does not permit such a fundamental deprivation of rights to be carried out under a veil of secrecy and in the absence of even rudimentary process."

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