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Federal Judge Rules US No-fly List Violates Constitution 276

New submitter dmitrygr sends this news from Reuters: The U.S. government's no-fly list banning people accused of links to terrorism from commercial flights violates their constitutional rights because it gives them no meaningful way to contest that decision, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday. ... "The court concludes international travel is not a mere convenience or luxury in this modern world. Indeed, for many international travel is a necessary aspect of liberties sacred to members of a free society," [U.S. District Judge Anna Brown] wrote in her 65-page ruling (PDF). "Accordingly, on this record the court concludes plaintiff's inclusion on the no-fly list constitutes a significant deprivation of their liberty interests in international travel," Brown said.
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Federal Judge Rules US No-fly List Violates Constitution

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 24, 2014 @06:01PM (#47310631)

    In 2004 senator Ted Kennedy appeared on the No Fly List. Apparently merely holding hearings on terrorism is reason enough to land on it!

    Honest mistake. They thought it was a no-drive list.

  • by LynnwoodRooster (966895) on Tuesday June 24, 2014 @06:14PM (#47310723) Journal
    Well, in Ted's case, given he was probably flying in first class AND had enough alcohol on his breath he might have intoxicated the pilots merely by his presence. So it was a safe call for him...
  • Re:Awesome! (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 24, 2014 @06:21PM (#47310771)

    Simple really. The no-fly list is ruled illegal, but will continue on. The feds are welcome to ignore such rulings. The judge in this case, though, will be added to the no-fly list really soon.

  • Re:Awesome! (Score:5, Funny)

    by PopeRatzo (965947) on Tuesday June 24, 2014 @10:13PM (#47312143) Journal

    APK, that night at the Indiana toll road rest stop was a mistake for both of us. Let's face it. I was drunk, and you were needy and we just let it get out of hand.

    As much as I enjoyed stretching you out over that grimy sink, it just can't happen again, no matter how much you want it.

    Better we cut it off now before it destroys us. As much as I am flattered by your continued attention (some would say, "stalking"), I'm not willing to go through the pain of another round of antibiotics and lice treatments..

  • Re:Awesome! (Score:5, Funny)

    by electrosoccertux (874415) on Wednesday June 25, 2014 @03:23AM (#47313243)

    well you see, they're enemy combatants, they don't have constitutional rights. that's the whole thing about constitutional rights. we decide if you have them. that's why we're the government.

Philosophy: A route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing. -- Ambrose Bierce