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The TSA Is Removing Names from the No-Fly List

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Federal authorities announced the removal of seven names from the No-Fly List following a court decision that ruled the list unconstitutional.

In the wake of an Oregon federal court’s decision that the government’s No-Fly List is unconstitutional, the TSA announced it is removing seven Americans from the list. This is the first time the federal government has publicly announced or disclosed the names of individuals removed from the list, according to a report form Ars Technica.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is representing 13 people who have filed a lawsuit against the federal government to be removed from the list. On Friday, officials with the U.S. Department of Justice  notified ACLU attorney Hina Shamsi that seven of her clients would be removed from the No-Fly List. The government has until January 2015 to decide the fate of the remaining six plaintiffs.

“This is a victory for transparency and fairness over untenable government secrecy and stonewalling,” said Shamsi, who serves as director of the ACLU’s National Security Project.

In June, U.S. District Judge Anna Brown of Oregon ruled the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Traveler Redress Inquiry Program unconstitutional because it fails to provide “a meaningful mechanism for travelers who have been denied boarding to correct erroneous information in the government’s terrorism databases.”

The DHS has upheld that disclosing whether or not an individual is on the No-Fly List presents a threat to national security. Brown’s decision, however, labeled the process for challenging placement on the list “wholly ineffective.”

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