(RNS) — A federal watchlist of more than 1 million people identified as “known or suspected terrorists” violates the constitutional rights of those placed on it, a federal judge ruled Wednesday (Sept. 4). 

The ruling came in response to a lawsuit filed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations on behalf of 23 Muslim U.S. citizens who claim they were wrongly placed on the extrajudicial list, that the government’s standards for adding names is overly broad and mismanaged and that the system lacks any process for legal challenge and redress.

“The watchlisting system, make no mistake, has both terrorized and stigmatized the Muslim community,” said Lena Masri, national litigation director at CAIR, in a news conference Thursday on Capitol Hill. “Without any modicum of due process,

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