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DISMANTLE THE U.S. TERROR WATCH LIST OR AMERICANS WILL CONTINUE TO BE 'TREATED LIKE SECOND CLASS CITIZENS

By BY CHANTAL DA SILVA, For Newsweek, On 11 February 2020, Read Original
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If the U.S. government is not forced to dismantle its terror watch list, Americans will continue to be "treated like second class citizens," warned Hassan Shibly, a lawyer who was instrumental in the effort to see the watch list deemed "unconstitutional" in court.  ...

During one training session, Shibly said he asked officers to raise their hands if they've ever encountered an individual named on the terror list. Several raised their hands. Then, he said he asked: "How many have caught a real terrorist? No one raises their hands."

"From a law enforcement perspective, [the list] is ineffective. It's meaningless," he said. "But for people who are on it," he said, in the best-case scenario: "They're delayed every time they travel."

For Shibly's part, the CAIR chief said he has been stopped more than two dozen times since the age of 18, including being put in handcuffs and questioned on his religious practices and beliefs. ...

Hassan Shibly, head of the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Shibly says he believes the U.S. terror watch list must be dismantled. 

The lawyer said he believes the only way that Americans on the list can stop being treated like "second class citizens" is for the list to be dismantled, which is the ultimate goal in the legal fight to end the use of the list.

Shibly said that while the list has been deemed unconstitutional, "the court did not provide the remedy...as of yet, so we are still in that process. We have filed for remedy."

While it is unclear what remedial steps the court might recommend, Shibly said the best way forward would "obviously be to dismantle the watchlist." Otherwise, he said, "I'm sure the bad behavior is going to continue."

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