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Procedures for Terrorist ‘Watchlist’ Unconstitutional, Court Rules

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ruled that the federal government's Terrorist Screening Database program, commonly referred to as the terrorist "watchlist," does not provide "constitutionally adequate" process for Americans included in the database.  The Court instructed both sides to submit briefs about what they each view as the appropriate relief. The ruling can be found here.

 

 

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The Privacy Rights of Terrorism Defendants, Muslim and Non-Muslim

A stated Justice Department policy of protecting the privacy of terrorism defendants is inconsistent with its practice of releasing materials naming Muslim Americans prosecuted in international terrorism-related cases—while rarely publicizing the identities of non-Muslims prosecuted for right-wing extremism.

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