A federal judge of the United States ruled that the ‘Terrorist Screening Database’ violates the constitutional rights of American citizens who are on it, deciding in favor of 23 citizens who sued after being placed on the watchlist.
The ruling from Judge Anthony Trenga in the Eastern District of Virginia calls into question federal authorities’ practice of using the list to support decisions on people’s ability to travel.
Trenga found the watchlist deprived the citizens of due process, which is guaranteed by the Constitution.
“The general right of free movement is a long recognized, fundamental liberty,” Trenga wrote. The government decision-making “is a black box — individuals are not told, even after filing, whether or not they were or remain on the (terrorism) watchlist and are also not told the factual basis for their inclusion.”