By Brandi M. Fleeks
Last week, a federal judge ruled the government’s no-fly list unconstitutional because it fails to allow a way for people on it to challenge their inclusion. The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit in June 2010 on behalf of 13 U.S. citizens, most of whom are Muslim-Americans, including four ex-military members, who discovered they were on the list with no notification or explanation and no effective means to remove themselves from it.
U.S. District Court Judge, Anna Brown mandated that the government create new procedures that correct these problems. She called the current process “wholly ineffective” and a violation of the Fifth Amendment’s due process guarantee.