American Muslims sue FBI for adding them to terror watchlist

American Muslims sue FBI over terrorism watch list

The Muslims claim they are harassed by security officials

Friday, January 19, 2018

Five American Muslims who believe they were added to a terrorism list without fair reasoning are suing the FBI.

The group have filed a lawsuit against Christopher Wray, the director of the FBI and other government officials, according to Newsweek.

Others named in the lawsuit include Nicholas Rasmussen, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center and Charles Kable, the director of the Terrorist Screening Center.

The Terrorist Screening Database is kept secret, so it is not possible to confirm the five were listed there, but they believe they are victims of racial profiling.

The lawsuit was filed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) which claims the Muslims are often harassed by officials and their rights are violated, which is why they believe they must be on the list.

It states: ​“Many Americans, including children, end up on the secret federal terror watch list…based on mere guesses, hunches, and conjecture and even simply based on matters of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion or the exercise of their constitutional rights.

“Through extrajudicial and secret means, the federal government is ensnaring individuals into an invisible web of consequences that are imposed indefinitely and without recourse as a result of the shockingly large federal terror watchlist that now includes hundreds of thousands of individuals.”

CAIR is also working on other, similar cases in Virginia, Michigan, Florida, Utah and Oregon.