Tuesday, December 03, 2013

After 8 years, government still won't say why she can't fly

Here's an update I never expect to write. I first reported about the "no fly" list case of Stanford grad student Rahinah Ibrahim in 2008. The precipitating incident occurred in January 2005. And her effort to find out why she was listed continues to this day:


The clip is a interview with a Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) attorney, Munia Jabbar, in which the lawyer shares a careful explanation of the U.S. government's Kafkaesque "terrorist" watch lists.

Back when we were pressing our no fly list lawsuit, we used to jokingly refer to it as "the case that wouldn't die." Ibrahim seems to have the real undead case -- and the government still refuses to tell the people it lists why they've been included (Hint: being Muslim-surnamed seems to count) or what they could do to get clear of the lists.

2 comments:

Nell said...

I know you're following the case, which just gets more surreal by the day, but it seems the plaintiffs have drawn the right judge, and the government is over-reaching -- putting her daughter, a witness, on the no-fly list to prevent her from testifying. Details here:
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20131204/10434025453/dhs-puts-witness-trial-over-legality-no-fly-list-no-fly-list-making-her-late-her-testimony.shtml

janinsanfran said...

Thanks Nell! Anyone interested in this case should check out Nell's link: here!

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