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Federal judge weighs in on constitutional rights and the no-fly list

By Marcina Zaccaria,

Constitutional rights are being reviewed regarding bans on flying for those accused to having links to terrorism. The U.S. government took away the constitutional right to travel and gave 13 people no adequate way to challenge their placement on the list.

Federal judge Ana Brown ruled on the issue on Tuesday. According to Reuters, U.S. District Judge Anna Brown wrote on the lawsuit, "The court concludes international travel is not a mere convenience or luxury in this modern world. Indeed, for many international travel is a necessary aspect of liberties sacred to members of a free society.”

Initially, Brown said she could not make a decision in this complicated case. In 2012, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed that decision. The case was sent back to Brown.

Judge Brown ruled that the process "does not provide a meaningful mechanism for travelers who have been denied boarding to correct erroneous information in the government's terrorism databases."

American Civil Liberties Union attorney Hina Shamsi said, "This should serve as wakeup call to the government," according to the Associated Press.

No comment yet from the U.S. Justice Department spokeswoman Dena Iverson, who only said that government attorneys are reviewing the decision.

 

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