June 28, 2022

ACLU Lawsuit Challenges ‘No Fly List’

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ACLU Challenges "No Fly" List

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit for ten United States citizens and legal residents who are banned from flying to or from the U.S.A. or over U.S. air space because their names appear on the “No Fly List.” None of the people in the litigation, which includes a disabled U.S. Marine Corps vet stuck in Egypt as well as a U.S. Army vet stranded in Colombia, have been neither informed of the reason their names are on the list, nor given an opportunity to correct any misinformation..

The ACLU, together with affiliate offices in Southern California, Oregon, New Mexico and Northern California, filed the complaint against the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Terrorist Screening Center.

The plaintiffs in the case are:

* Ayman Latif, an American citizen and disabled U.S. Marine Corps veteran residing in Egypt who has been prohibited from returning to the United States and, consequently, is unable to take disability evaluation that is required by the Veterans’ Administration;
* Raymond Earl Knaeble, also a U.S. citizen and Army veteran who is stranded in Colombia after being denied the right to board a flight to the U.S.;
* Steven Washburn, yet another U.S. citizen and also a U.S. Air Force vet who was prohibited from traveling by air from Europe to the U.S.  or Mexico. Eventually Mr Washburn flew to Mexico by way of intervening flights to Brazil and Peru. He was detained in Mexico and eventually escorted to the United States by U.S. and Mexican officials;
* Nagib Ali Ghaleb, Abdullatif Muthanna, Samir Mohamed Ahmed Mohamed, and Saleh A. Omar, three U.S. citizens and a legal permanent resident of the U.S. who were prohibited from flying back home to the U.S. after traveling to visit their families in Yemen;
* Mohamed Sheikh Abdirahman Kariye, an American citizen who lives in Portland, Oregon was prevented from flying to see his daughter, a  high school student in Dubai;
* Adama Bah, a political refugee in the U.S who had been granted asylum from her native Guinea, was barred from a business flight from New York to Chicago. She has lived in the United States since she was two years of age; and
* Halime Sat, a citizen of Germany and legal permanent resident of the U.S. who resides in California with her American husband who was prohibited from flying from Long Beach to Oakland, California to attend a conference. She has since had to cancel air travel to Germany for a family reunion.

The ACLU’s legal complaint claims that thousands of men and women have been included in the “No Fly List” and therefore banned from  air travel, with no opportunity to find out about or refute the reason for their addition to the list. As a result, there is a huge and still growing list of people who, based on error or assumption, have been judged too dangerous to board an aircraft but who are too benign to take into custody.