One round for the flying public
This is a glimmer of sanity:
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge ruled that people placed on the U.S. government’s no-fly list have a constitutionally protected interest in traveling by air, and the right to due process when it’s denied.
U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown of Portland, in an opinion released late Wednesday, rejected the government’s assertion that people on the no-fly list can travel by other means, and that being on the list does not deprive them of their liberty. She said it ignores “the realities of our modern world.”
The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit on behalf of 13 people on the no-fly list. The plaintiffs want to be removed from the list or told why their names appear.
“This decision is a critically important step towards vindicating the due process rights of Americans on the no-fly list,” said Nusrat Choudhury, the ACLU lawyer representing the plaintiffs. “For the first time, a federal court has recognized that when the government bans Americans from flying and smears them as suspected terrorists, it deprives them of constitutionally protected liberties, and they must have a fair process to clear their names.”
Brown’s decision, however, is only a partial one. She asked the government for more information about its redress procedure to help her determine whether it satisfied due process requirements for the plaintiffs.