Obama Trying to Keep Secret New Constitutional Move Against ‘No-Fly Lists’

21st Century Wire says…

It’s now official: This is White House which knows no shame when it comes to justifying its un-American police state.

A U.S. District Judge, William Alsup (photo, left), has sided with the American people by speaking in favour of the US Constitution, saying that a Malaysian PhD student studying at Stanford University, Rahinah Ibrahim, should not have been put on a ‘No-Fly List’, and has ordered that the federal government clear up the mess it has created.

Alsup says that the US federal government has in fact violated the student’s legal rights by placing her on a secretive “no-fly” list with zero due process. 

To avoid embarrassment, the Obama administration has ‘vigorously contested the case’, and demanded the trial be sealed for ‘national security reasons’. The federal government seems keen to avoid letting other victims gain any legal ground on this issue for fear of a tidal wave of lawsuits against the unconstitutional practice. Ibrahim’s case partly reveals how the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) conjures up its notorious ‘No-Fly’ lists – based on zero evidence that said targeted individuals pose any real threat to US national security.


“Don’t worry Barry, I’ll make sure none of these idiots get any of their old rights back.”

HERE ARE THE COURT DOCUMENTS FOR THIS LATEST CASE:

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No-fly list challenged: Stanford student wrongly labeled a terrorist, judge says

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Howard Minz
San Jose Mercury News

The federal government violated a former Stanford University doctoral student’s legal rights nine years ago when it put her on its secretive “no-fly” lists targeting suspected terrorists, a San Francisco federal judge ruled Tuesday.

In a decision for the most part sealed, U.S. District Judge William Alsup disclosed that Rahinah Ibrahim was mistakenly placed on the controversial list and said that the government must now clear up the mistake. The decision comes in a case that has for the first time revealed how the U.S. Department of Homeland Security assembles the no-fly lists, used to tighten security in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The Obama administration has vigorously contested the case, the first of its kind to reach trial, warning that it might reveal top-secret information about the anti-terrorism program. As a result, Alsup sealed his ruling until April to give the government an opportunity to persuade a federal appeals court to keep the order from being released publicly.

But Alsup issued a separate three-page ruling outlining the results for Ibrahim, who has waged a high-profile legal battle since she learned she had been placed on the no-fly list as she tried to board a 2005 flight to Hawaii from San Francisco International Airport.

Ibrahim, Alsup wrote, is “entitled by due process to a … remedy that requires the government to cleanse and/or correct its lists and records of the mistaken information.”

Elizabeth Pipkin, Ibrahim’s lawyer, said she hopes the ruling will permit the Malaysian national to again be able to travel to the United States.

“She’s entitled to have her name cleared from the system,” Pipkin said. “She shouldn’t be ensnared in their system anymore.”

The 48-year-old Ibrahim has been fighting the U.S. government from abroad, denied the right since 2005 to return to this country. Her case went to trial in December before Alsup, who heard the allegations of government wrongdoing without a jury, in part because of the government’s assertion of national security privilege.

Ibrahim, an architecture scholar, wearing a traditional Muslim hijab, was arrested at SFO in January 2005 as she headed to a conference in Hawaii with her teen daughter. She had been branded a terrorist suspect in government databases, she learned. Ibrahim denies any connection to terrorist organizations and settled a separate legal case against San Francisco police and others linked to her airport arrest for $225,000.

Before the incident, Ibrahim had been a regular traveler to the United States since the early 1980s, calling it her “second home.” She met her husband here, marrying in Seattle in 1986, and her first child is a U.S. citizen.

After returning to Malaysia, she founded the architecture department at a major Malaysian university but returned to the states in 2000 to secure her doctorate from Stanford. As a result of later being put on the no-fly list, Ibrahim had to complete her Stanford doctorate remotely.

But she pressed her legal case for years, even as the government tried to sidetrack the legal claims. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals twice allowed her case to proceed over the government’s objections, leading to the recent trial.

Justice Department officials could not be reached for comment on Alsup’s order.

The government places thousands of people on the lists each year, and similar lawsuits against the program and its methods have been unfolding in other courts around the country, including a major challenge in Oregon brought by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Howard Mintz covers legal affairs. Contact him at 408-286-0236 or follow him at Twitter.com/hmintz

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  • John in Brum

    I wonder if any of his Saudi friends are on the list?

  • warisaracketbysmedleybutler

    Fucking Nazis. You know once you’re on the list (and you won’t even know when and if you’re part on the list) you can never get off it, ever? There’s been cases of toddlers literally being on the list due to mix ups in names. It’s Nazi bullshit.

    • Eileen Kuch

      Don’t you mean Bolsheviks or Communists? They were notorious for issuing secretive no travel lists and either shot or sent those on the list to gulags. So, is this going to be the next step under the Obongo regime?

  • John Cook

    Amerika is Fuked.

  • Christina Mccauley

    UGHHHHH SOMEBODY GET THE TRAITOR OUT OF OFFICE !!!

    • Freespirit

      They are all traitors, including, and especially those who co-operate or at best don’t act as “whistleblowers”

  • Denis George Miller

    so you can be branded a terrorist with no justification or cause, almost like a returning veteran being branded a terrorist just for being a veteran or a Christian!!

    • Eileen Kuch

      The late Sen. Ted Kennedy was on one of those secretive no-fly lists as well. Oh, wait, his name was added to the list under Bush, Jr.

  • Joseph Morgan

    I don’t get it-keep her(one person) out but give Amnesty to millions of UNWANTED non Americans?

  • LJG

    Hey John in Brum, The Saudi’s are NOT Obama’s friends. He may have bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia, but that is because Obama is weak in character. The Saudi’s have formed a front against Obama in the Middle East.
    As for the No Fly List, it is, and always has been, unconstitutional. We have not had a Constitutional Republic in some time, as the Constitution has been ignored by the government time after time, and will continue to be ignored, due to a lack of any enforcement mechanism in our form of government. As long as they can ignore the Law of the Land without any repercussions, they will continue to do so.

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