Muslim Americans Sue Feds Over Placement On Terrorist Watchlist – 14 August 2014

RT logoA group of five Muslim American men included on the watchlist of suspected terrorists maintained by the United States government filed a federal complaint on Thursday this week contesting their placement.

“The federal government has unjustly and disproportionately targeted American Muslims by routinely adding their names to the Terrorist Screening Database without affording them their rights to due process,” Lena Masri, a staff attorney for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said in a statement announcing the legal action. “The lawsuit will challenge the government’s broad and unchecked power to secretly label individuals as ‘known or suspected terrorists’ without concrete facts, but based on only a vague standard of ‘reasonable suspicion.’”

Much of the details surrounding the watchlists maintained by the US government have long been shrouded in secrecy, but The Intercept, an online news publication, has released no fewer than two separate stories in recent weeks about those rosters after receiving leaked documents not intended for the press of public.

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