Today, CAIR-MI filed two federal lawsuits, including a class action lawsuit, on behalf of thousands upon thousands of American Muslims who were placed on the government’s terror watch lists without due process.
The class action lawsuit seeks damages for the thousands of innocent Americans who were wrongfully designated as “known or suspected terrorists” without due process. The second lawsuit challenges the individual placement of the plaintiffs on the watch list, seeks a declaration that the watch list is unconstitutional, and seeks a major overhaul of the watch list.
Innocent Americans who find themselves caught up on the watch list suffer consequences ranging from closure of bank accounts without notice, to inability to conduct wire transfers, to being tortured abroad as a result of information sharing with foreign governments.
SEE: Final Class Action Complaint
SEE: Final Complaint – Injunctive Suit
“The terrorism watch lists are premised on the false notion that the government can somehow accurately predict whether an innocent American citizen will commit a crime in the future based on religious affiliation or First Amendment activities,” said Legal Director Lena F. Masri, Esq. “Our lawsuits challenge the wrongful designation of thousands upon thousands of American Muslims as known or suspected terrorists without due process.”
Shereef Akeel, a member of CAIR-MI’s Legal Advisory Board and co-counsel in the suits added, “A dangerous precedent is being established by our government where a second class of American citizens is being formed who don’t enjoy the same constitutional protections as fellow Americans. The purpose of this lawsuit is to ensure that all Americans are treated equal under the law.”
Gadeir Abbas, also co-cocounsel in the suits, added, “For innocent Americans like those who have brought this action, the existence of the government’s hundreds-of-thousand-of-persons-long watch list is a danger greater than its extinction.”
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