Nov 22, 2019

U.S. Supreme Court to hear appeal in no-fly list case

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday decided to take up the Trump administration's bid to close a lawsuit filed by three foreign-born men who say they the FBI put them on the federal government's no-fly list for refusing to serve as informants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The big picture: The justices will hear the administration's appeal of a lower court ruling from 2018 that allowed the Muslim men, each of whom is a U.S. citizens or permanent resident born abroad, to sue under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. They are seeking monetary damages, arguing they were put on the no-fly list without evidence that they threatened the airline or safety of passengers.

  • The 1993 federal religious freedom law says the U.S. government cannot “substantially burden” any person's exercise of religion without demonstrating "compelling governmental interest."
  • The men have not been removed from the list that bans them from air travel.
  • Arguments are expected for March, AP notes.

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