Hamas-linked CAIR to sue US over terror watch list

Hamas-linked CAIR organization said Tuesday it plans to file a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the federal government’s terror watch list system, including a newly disclosed program in which air marshals have secretly monitored Muslim air passengers.

Gadeir Abbas, senior litigation attorney with the Hamas terror group linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said the group will file the lawsuit Wednesday in federal court in Greenbelt, Maryland, on behalf of more than 10 Muslim travelers who allege they faced harassment at airports and suffered other consequences because of being placed on a terror watch list. The plaintiffs are from Maryland, Florida, Michigan, Oregon, Kansas, New Jersey and Washington, D.C.

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Abbas said the defendants named in the lawsuit will include the Department of Homeland Security, the Transportation Security Administration and other government agencies.

The suit claims the Muslim travelers’ due process rights were violated and asks the court to grant an injunction to prevent the federal government from putting Muslims who have not been charged, arrested or convicted of any crime, on a terror watch list.

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Abbas said the lawsuit will underscore both travel-related and non-travel related consequences of being on a terror watch list, including being subjected to searches and interrogations at airports, having electronics seized, not being able to get a license to transport hazardous materials or not being allowed to enter a military base.

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