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Thu Feb 14, 2019, 04:58 PM

U.S. court allows 'No-Fly List' lawsuits, dissenters warn of danger

Source: Reuters

U.S. FEBRUARY 14, 2019 / 12:58 PM / UPDATED 26 MINUTES AGO

U.S. court allows 'No-Fly List' lawsuits, dissenters warn of danger

Jonathan Stempel
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A divided federal appeals court on Thursday said American Muslims who landed on the “No-Fly List” because of their refusal to become government informants can sue FBI agents for damages, prompting dissents that said the decision was dangerous and defied U.S. Supreme Court precedents.

In a 7-3 vote, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan refused to revisit its May 2018 decision by a three-judge panel allowing Muhammad Tanvir, Jameel Algibhah and Naveed Shinwari to seek monetary damages for being put on the list, despite no evidence they threatened airline or passenger safety.

The plaintiffs, all U.S. citizens or permanent residents who were born abroad, had sought damages under the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

They said their inclusion on the No-Fly List for refusing to spy on Muslim communities caused them to lose jobs, be unable to visit family and be stigmatized in their communities. None remains on the list.

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Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-noflylist/u-s-court-allows-no-fly-list-lawsuits-dissenters-warn-of-danger-idUSKCN1Q32JV

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