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Federal Judge Rules Federal Terrorism Watchlist Unconstitutional

HeadlineSep 06, 2019

Back in the United States, a federal judge in Virginia ruled Thursday that a federal “watchlist” of people deemed by the government to be “known or suspected terrorists” violates the rights of U.S. citizens. The list of at least 1.2 million names contains nearly 5,000 American citizens who the court ruled are protected by the Constitution. Hina Shamsi of the ACLU’s National Security Project said, “The government watchlist stigmatizes people as terrorism suspects based on a vague and error-prone standard and secret evidence, and causes real harms. It violates due process.”

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