No-fly list challenged; woman wrongly labeled a terrorist, judge says

Jan. 15, 2014 at 4:36 PM

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- The federal government violated a woman's rights by putting her on its "no-fly" list targeting suspected terrorists in 2005, a San Francisco judge ruled.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup wrote Tuesday, in a decision largely sealed, that Rahinah Ibrahim, 48, a Malaysian national and former Stanford University doctoral student, was mistakenly placed on the government list, and added the U.S. government must now clear the mistake.

Ibrahim, Alsup wrote, is "entitled by due process to a ... remedy that requires the government to cleanse and/or correct its lists and records of mistaken information."

The Obama administration has vigorously contested the case, the (San Jose, Calif.) Mercury News noted, warning it could reveal top-secret information about the United States' anti-terrorism program.

As a result, Alsup sealed most of his ruling until April 2014 to give the government an opportunity to persuade a federal appeals court to keep the order from public release, the newspaper said.

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