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Americans on No-Fly List Will Soon Be Able to Contest Their Designation

By    |   Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 01:52 PM

The roughly 800 Americans on the Department of Homeland Security's no-fly list will soon have the ability to contest their designation.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the change in policy came as the result of a federal lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of 13 people including Ayman Latif, a former U.S. Marine.

In June, a judge ruled that the inability for people barred from U.S. flights to find out if they are on the list and contest any such status was a violation of those citizens' Constitutional right to due process.

"Under the newly revised procedures, a U.S. person who purchases a ticket, is denied boarding at the airport . . . will now receive a letter providing his or her status on the No Fly List and the option to receive and/or submit additional information," the Justice Department wrote in court documents filed Monday.

In some cases, the government will also tell prohibited flyers why they are on the list via an "unclassified summary of information." The amount of info in these documents will vary on a case-by-case basis, the department added.

Hina Shamsi, lead attorney for Latif, said that the new policy still does not provide enough due process, and that it will be challenged further.

"Unfortunately, we’ve found that the government’s new redress process falls far short of constitutional requirements because it denies our clients meaningful notice, evidence and a hearing," she said.

In total, there are roughly 50,000 people have made the no-fly list. Only a small fraction of are U.S. citizens.

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