ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) – A federal judge is expressing skepticism about the constitutionality of the government’s no-fly list.
Government lawyers defended the list at a hearing Friday in federal court in Alexandria. The government has been trying to get the suit tossed out for the last four years, but Judge Anthony Trenga again questioned the lack of a meaningful opportunity for people to challenge their status.
An Alexandria man, Gulet (goo-LETT’) Mohamed, challenged his placement on the list and its constitutionality in 2011.
On the eve of Friday’s hearing, the FBI added Gulet Mohamed’s older brother Liban (LEE’-bahn) to its list of most wanted terrorists, accusing him of being a recruiter for al-Shabab.
Gulet Mohamed’s lawyer said the announcement was timed to pressure the judge.