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Judge Rules That Terrorism Watchlist Violates Constitutional Rights

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A federal judge ruled that a federal government database that compiles people deemed to be “known or suspected terrorists” violates the rights of American citizens who are on the watchlist.

In a 32-page opinion, Judge Anthony J. Trenga of United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia said the standard for inclusion in the database was too vague.

Being on the watchlist can restrict people from traveling or entering the country, subject them to greater scrutiny at airports and by the police, and deny them government benefits and contracts.

The government’s use of terrorism watchlists has grown enormously since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The present case involves a broad watchlist, called the Terrorist Screening Database.

Curated from The New York Times

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