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The First Challenge to the U.S.’s No-Fly List May End in a Classified Verdict

Excerpt from Wired

Dec 16, 2013 12:30 pm

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Considering the logistical challenges presented by banning a traveler from flying overseas, there needs to be an appeals process that’s more transparent than a ‘classified’ stamp.

— Jason Clampet

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Is former Stanford University scholar Rahinah Ibrahim connected to Malaysian jihadists, as the FBI once suggested, or is she the victim of misguided U.S. bureaucrats who erroneously placed her on a U.S. terror watchlist? Is she even on a watchlist at all?

Those are the lingering unanswered questions in the first-of-its kind federal trial challenging a traveler’s alleged placement on America’s notorious no-fly list. The 48-year-old Malaysian woman’s case against the U.S. government — in which she seeks solely to clear her name — is awaiting a judge’s verdict after a week of testimony, the bulk of it classified and given behind closed doors here in a San Francisco federal courtroom.

But underscoring the Kafkaesque flavor of the trial, there’s a real possibility the verdict itself will be kept a secret, even from Ibrahim.

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