On Wednesday, a federal judge ruled that the terror watchlist of more than 1 million people identified as “known or suspected terrorists” violates the constitutional rights of those people placed on the watchlist.
The ruling from U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga grants summary judgement to nearly two dozen Muslim U.S. citizens who challenged the watchlist and were helped by a Muslim civil-rights group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). The ruling said that the travel issues faced by the plaintiffs, who claimed they were handcuffed at border crossings and had to undergo invasive secondary searches were significant.
The FBI’s lawyers argued that the travel difficulties the plaintiffs dealt with pale in comparison to the government’s interests in combatting terrorism.
The plaintiffs claimed they were placed on the list incorrectly and that the government’s process for adding people to the list is too broad and filled with errors. Gadeir Abbas, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said “Innocent people should be beyond the reach of the watchlist system.”
This ruling, during a time when domestic terrorism is becoming more prevalent and bipartisan preventative measures like red flag laws are being discussed, is counterintuitive. Further, the organization who helped the plaintiffs, CAIR, is known for supporting terrorist organizations and is known as a terrorist group in other countries. According to Rasmussen Reports:
“The federal government designated CAIR an un-indicted terror co-conspirator in 2007 in the prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation and others for providing support to violent Hamas jihadists”
“CAIR is a designated terror organization in the United Arab Emirates.”
“CAIR officials in California rushed in front of cameras after the San Bernardino jihad attack in 2015 to blame American foreign policy instead of the killers. CAIR provided aid, comfort and legal assistance to the mass shooters’ families.”
And there are many more examples in Rasmussen Report’s article. So are we now allowing terrorist support groups to dictate our national security policies? In reality, this judge and anyone associated with CAIR should be on the terror watch list.