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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

Free Report: The State of Student Travel

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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