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Fri May 11, 2012, 09:45 AM

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Source: Reuters

Muslim Americans challenge "no fly" list in appeals court

By Teresa Carson

PORTLAND, Oregon | Fri May 11, 2012 8:55am EDT

(Reuters) - Lawyers for 15 Muslims in the United States barred from boarding commercial flights because they were on the U.S. "no-fly" list will on Friday ask a federal appeals court to reinstate their constitutional challenge of the anti-terrorism measure.

The plaintiffs, who are U.S. citizens or permanent legal residents, said they learned they were on the list when prohibited, without advance warning, from boarding a commercial airliner, and were later denied any means of petitioning the government to be removed from the roster.

"The government has created this secret list, and the people on the list have no way of defending themselves," said Nusrat Choudhury, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), who is representing the group, which filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government in June 2010.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/11/us-usa-security-muslims-suit-idUSBRE84A0NA20120511

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