ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Muslim civil rights group is taking a new approach in its efforts to dismantle the government’s network of terrorist watch lists.
The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations filed a class-action lawsuit Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria against administrators of the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center. The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages for thousands of Americans who have been placed on the list.
CAIR, the ACLU and others have challenged the constitutionality of the government’s no-fly list, with varying degrees of success. The government has agreed to modify how it maintains the list in response to those cases. But the cases have dragged on for years.
Lawyers who filed the new case say a class-action is a simpler way to address the wrongs their clients have suffered.