A recent court filing (pdf) by the U.S. Department of Justice states that the federal government wants at least six months to come up with a way for travelers included on the no-fly list to challenge a travel ban. This follows the June decision by U.S. District Judge Anna Brown of Portland who declared in a 65-page opinion (pdf) that the appeals process is “wholly ineffective.” In 2010 13 people, including the imam from Portland’s largest mosque, filed a lawsuit challenging their inclusion on the list.
According to Hina Shamsi, the director of the American Civil Liberties Union National Security Project and one of the lawyers for the plaintiffs, six months is far too long and wholly unnecessary. We’ll talk to Shamsi about the repercussions of this announcement, and what it could mean for the plaintiffs.
- Hina Shamsi: Director of the ACLU National Security Project