A lawsuit has been filed against the U.S. Government with claims that the FBI is using the no-fly list as leverage. (Washington Post) A claim that the list is being used for extortion instead of aviation safety.
Awais Sajjad, who is a lawful U.S. citizen living in New York, learned that he was listed on the no-fly list, after he attempted to board a flight to Pakistan in September 2012. Then, FBI agents questioned him before he was released. In the conversation, they acknowledged knowing that Sajjad was a practicing Muslim. Then, the FBI made him an offer; In exchange for removing him from the no-fly list and provide him some compensation, he would need to work for them.
Sajjad refused to accept that offer. In response, the FBI kept him on the list “in order to coerce him to sacrifice his constitutionally-protected rights”. Hence, the lawsuit.
Human rights activists have been saying that the government has been improperly using the no-fly list and restricting travel without any connection to terrorism. In fact, some U.S. citizens have been stranded abroad and never told why they could not fly home. As to Sajjad, he was told that he should be willing to inform on the Muslim community in his area. The lawsuit raises the question of whether the FBI should have the right to use this threat as a means to providing national security… security determined by the government.
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