Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan’s 13th district has expressed her appreciation after a US federal judge ruled that an FBI terror watch list which her name and that of her squared member was included was unconstitutional.
She vented out that she have heard of horrifying stories of Muslim Americans who were placed on the so-called ‘watch list,’ with out following due process to getting their names removed,” Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, who is a Muslim-American of Palestinian descent, tweeted on Thursday that, “Today, it’s Muslims, but tomorrow it can be you, if we don’t stop this madness.”
US congress woman Rep. Ilhan Omar, who arrived in the United States of America as a refugee from Somalia as a child, also reacted, calling the decision tremendous,” She was relieved because her name was also in the forefront of the list.
Ilhan Omar said on Twitter, “Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to make sure Constitutional rights are extended to all regardless of religion, race or ethnicity. “
Judge Anthony J. Trenga of the Eastern District of Virginia ruled in favor of 23 Muslim Americans who were included in the list, reported the Washington Post abd itger news agency.
The federal bureau of investigation( FBI) was sued on the ground that the inclusion infringed upon Those included on the list have restrictions placed on their ability to travel, that is they where placed on a no fly list among other tree restrictions.
According to the news paper, “There is no evidence, or contention, that any of these plaintiffs satisfy the definition of a ‘known or notorious terrorist or belong to a Terrorist organisation.”
The judge added that, “An individual’s placement into the Federal Bureau of investigations watch list does not require any evidence that the person engaged in criminal activity, committed a crime, or will commit a crime in the future,” “and individuals who have been acquitted of a terrorism related crime may still be included in the list .”
The FBI watch list include about 1.2 million people, including 4,600 US citizens or residents, this as of July 2017.
The FBI’s lawyers claimed in court that the challenges alleged by the plaintiffs were overshadowed by the government’s needs in their fight against terrorism – and that these efforts outweighed the difficulties which was alleged by the nearly two dozen Muslim American citizens on this watch list. constitutional right to due process. The people in the list have restrictions placed on their ability to travel anywhere.