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Government Loses in First Major Victory Against No-Fly List

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No Flyby Jon Queally, Common Dreams

Marking the first major victory against the US government’s secretive ‘No Fly List’ on Friday, seven people who challenged their inclusion on the list were finally cleared and told they can once again enjoy the right to board an aircraft and fly commercially over domestic airspace.

Responding to a federal court order that resulted from a challenge brought by the ACLU on behalf of thirteen American citizens placed on the list, Friday’s announcement by the Department of Homeland Security was described by one attorney involved with the case as the first ever significant blow to the “unfair and unnecessary secrecy regime” that surrounds the government list that now contains thousands upon thousands of names.

“This is a victory for transparency and fairness over untenable government secrecy and stonewalling,” said Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU’s National Security Project. “After years of being blacklisted and denied due process, seven of our clients know they can fly again, and the rest will soon be able to fight back against their unjust flying ban.”

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