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No-Fly List

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The country’s “no-fly” list is made up of 8,000 names: all people the government fears could be suspected terrorists and, therefore, want to keep off commercial airplanes. Mohamed Sheikh Abdirahman Kariye is a 49 year-old Portland resident who is on that list and, as a result, has been unable to travel to visit his family in Dubai.

Now, on behalf of him, and nine other U.S. citizens and legal residents, The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), is suing top officials at the Justice Department and the FBI. They say the list is “unconstitutional and un-American”. The lawsuit was filed right here in Portland, but is not surprisingly gaining national attention.

What do you think? Is the list “unconstitutional”? What should be done to make sure potential terrorists do not get on airplanes? Have you ever found your name on a list like this? What happened?

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