A judge on Tuesday struck down the US government’s no-fly list banning people accused of having links to terrorism from flying on commercial flights.
A US district judge in Oregon issued the ruling, saying the no-fly list violates the US constitution.
The lawsuit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of 13 US citizens, who were placed on the list without notice or without a way to have their names removed, the ACLU said in a news release.
The ruling ordered the government to come up with a new process that allows people on the list to challenge the designation.
The ruling also granted a key request of the ACLU, ordering the government to tell the 13 plaintiffs why they are on the list and give them the opportunity to challenge their inclusion.
The government has argued for years it needs the list and the secrecy surrounding it for national security reasons.
The ACLU hailed the verdict.
“Our clients will finally get the due process to which they are entitled under the constitution,” said Hina Shamsi, one of the ACLU lawyers who argued the case. The verdict also benefits other people wrongly on the no-fly list.
The ACLU cited media reports that say there are more than 20,000 people on the list.
The no-fly list was established in 2003 in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks. People placed on the list have been deemed by FBI of having ties to terrorism.
There was no immediate reaction from the Department of Homeland Security.