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No-Fly List Challenged: Stanford Student Wrongly Labeled A Terrorist, Judge Says

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This article comes from the San Jose Mercury News.

By Howard Mintz

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.

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3 comments

  1. They need to rewrite the dialog for “The Hunt for Red October”:

    Capt. Vasili Borodin: I will live in Montana. And I will marry a round American woman and raise rabbits, and she will cook them for me. And I will have a pickup truck… maybe even a “recreational vehicle.” And drive from state to state. Do they let you do that?

    Captain Ramius: I suppose.

    Capt. Vasili Borodin: No papers?

    Captain Ramius: No papers, state to state.

  2. Actually the unalienable right to travel freely is part of the US Constitution, Bill of rights, 9th Amendment.

    What? You didn’t think people traveled back then? How did they get here, not all were “sent” here, and how did they expand to the west coast?

    It is our unalienable right. Bet you think a drivers license and social security card – which was supposed to be kept PRIVATE and is now considered ID – is also lawful. They are not LAWFUL in any way. They are part of “register everyone so that we can find them when we need to”, just like “gun registration and CC applications, permits.

  3. You are being trained like a dog.
    Trained to accept Tyranny.
    -A Free man has the right to his own opinions.
    -A Free man has the right to travel freely.
    -A free man has the right to keep his
    business and associations to him self.
    The SYSTEM will NOT allow any anonymous activity.
    The SYSTEM will track, trace, WATCH and record.
    Your phone, text, mail, travel, online activity, vehicle
    tracking with rfid/transponders/imbedded road sensors,
    all to make sure you are submissive to the Obamunista/NWO tyrants.
    These are the methods that the very FEW control the many.
    Also:
    -Flouride in water
    -Vaccines with mercury and cancer cell contamination.
    -Flu shots
    -GMO crops with toxic genetic manipulation
    -Wireless radiation to dull the cognitive processes.
    -Cameras in retail shops and on every street corner feeding into a database.
    -License plate recognition software to track.
    This is Not a bad science fiction novel.
    This is AMERIKA. Impeach. Arrest.
    You have done NOTHING wrong. Just living your life. And this is what the SYSTEM
    is doing RIGHT NOW. Wake up before it is too late. Impeach. Arrest.

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