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4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals hears oral arguments on DHS appeal of ruling by District Judge Anthony Trenga regarding CAIR legal challenge to the Terror Watch List.


See email prepared below one to send to each company.

The Associated Press reports in part:   (GOOD NEWS)   A panel of federal appellate judges expressed concerns about ordering wholesale changes to a government watchlist of roughly 1 million individuals labeled as “known or suspected terrorists,” despite a lower court finding that the list was constitutionally flawed.  J. Harvie Wilkinson questioned whether the judiciary branch was able or qualified to require revisions to a program that the government insists is vital to national security.  “We’re being asked to take a highly sensitive and, as far as I know, important program ... and devise a remedy with unknown consequences,” Wilkinson said. “We would be wading into deep, treacherous and uncharted waters here.”

Government lawyers have insisted the program is vital to national security. They said in court papers that the government uses the database to help determine whether to place air marshals on certain flights, for example. They also emphasized that while the list has been known to contain more than 1 million names at times, fewer than 5,000 of those people are U.S. citizens.

(MORE GOOD NEWS)  All three judges who heard the case are GOP appointees — Wilkinson was appointed by former President Ronald Reagan and the other two were appointed by former President Donald Trump.

A ruling is expecting in several weeks.

The three judges assigned to the panel are Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III, Judge Julius N. Richardson and Judge A. Marvin Quattlebaum, Jr.

History.

CAIR sued the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on April 5, 2016 on behalf of 23 Muslims.  The lawsuit challenged the validity of the Terror Screening Database (TSDB), the official name for the terror watch  list  that is used by law enforcement and the private sector to protect millions of Americans and the citizens of several other countries from terrorism.  Florida Family Association sent out several email alerts over a period of several years that asked people to send emails to urge Judge Trenga to make public safety the priority and not abolish the entire Terror Screening Database.   Judge Trenga received more than 13,000 emails.

US District Judge Anthony Trenga issued a ruling on December 27, 2019 that VALIDATED the Department of Homeland Security Terror Screening Database (TSDB) and did NOT extend his September 4, 2019 order to give relief to unnamed plaintiffs including more than a million non-Americans on the list.  Read Florida Family Association’s full report.   Therefore, the DHS Terror Watchlist is still active and being used by thousands of government and business officials throughout the world.  That is why CAIR continues to call for the Terror Watchlist to be dismantled.

While the judge did not rule the entire list unconstitutional he did order DHS to refine its procedures to comply with his standard of “due process” for adding and removing names to the TSDB.  The judge  “ORDERED that Defendants submit to the Court the information and revised procedures identified in its Order dated December 27, 2019 [Doc. No. 3481 within ninety (90) days of the date of this Order, and to the extent the Defendants contend that this information and revised procedures should be placed, in whole or in part, under seal or submitted ex parte or in camera.”

DHS appealed Judge Trenga’s ruling and order to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  Florida Family Association sent out an email alert that asked people to send emails to encourage all judges serving on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to preserve as much of the Terror Screening Database as possible for the safety of the American people.

Florida Family Association has prepared an email for you to send to urge the three judge panel on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to make public safety and national security the priority in Anas Elhady v. Charles Kable. 

Click here to send your email to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals three judge panel.    (For Gmail, Yahoo and other email clients that require comma separation of addresses.)  YAHOO works best in Yahoo Mobile App, not so well with internet browser. 

Click here to send your email to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals three judge panel.    (For Outlook and other email clients that require semicolon separation of addresses.)

These emails will open in your email browser because the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is blocking normal form emails sent through the Florida Family Association email server.  If the above link does not open in your email browser or if the email is returned to you please prepare an email using the suggested subject line, content and email addresses provided below. Please feel free to change the wording.

Suggested subject line:

Please preserve as much of the Terror Screening Database as possible for the safety of the American people.

Suggested content:


United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Honorable Circuit Court Judges,

I respectfully urge you not to give terrorists an advantage at the expense of the safety of American lives by affirming specific rules or unprecedented relief that may not work and could help terrorists in Anas Elhady v. Charles Kable.  Requiring Government procedures for seeking redress for an individual’s alleged placement on the Terror Screening Database that go beyond what is necessary to satisfy Due Process could result in incorrect watchlist placement and jeopardize public safety.  

Email String separated by commas

JHW@ca4.uscourts.gov,
JNR@ca4.uscourts.gov,
marvin_quattlebaum@ca4.uscourts.gov,

Email String separated by semicolons

JHW@ca4.uscourts.gov;
JNR@ca4.uscourts.gov;
marvin_quattlebaum@ca4.uscourts.gov;

Contact information:

Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III
434-296-7063
JHW@ca4.uscourts.gov

Judge Julius N. Richardson
804-916-2700
julius_richardson@ca4.uscourts.gov

Judge A. Marvin Quattlebaum, Jr.
864-241-2190
marvin_quattlebaum@ca4.uscourts.gov

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
Lewis F. Powell Jr. Courthouse & Annex
1100 East Main Street, Suite 501
Richmond, VA 23219


Author: ffa   20210208   Category: Terrorism  FFA: on
Tags: Terror Screening Database, TSDB, CAIR
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