DALLAS — Feb. 24, 2015 — Representatives from Muslim Legal Fund of America, a charity that supports legal cases in defense of civil liberties, are applauding the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to remove Jamal Tarhuni, a naturalized U.S. citizen who has lived in Oregon for more than 30 years, from the government’s controversial no-fly list.
When he attempted to fly home from an overseas humanitarian mission with Medical Teams International in 2012, FBI agents stopped Tarhuni and interrogated him about his religious beliefs and associations. He was placed on the no-fly list and barred from flying home to Oregon, leaving him stranded for roughly one month.
Khalil Meek, Executive Director of MLFA, said that he and his team are glad that the government removed Tarhuni from the no-fly list, and that he hopes this is the beginning of much-needed reform.
“Taking administrative or judicial actions against a U.S. citizen or resident without trial or other means to challenge those actions is a clear violation of due process rights guaranteed in the Six Amendment of the U.S. Constitution,” said Meek. “Everyone wants a safe and secure nation, but we cannot allow our government leaders to succumb to temptations that would strip this great nation of its cherished freedoms in the process.”
Muslim Legal Fund of America is funding the legal expenses association with Tarhuni’s lawsuit against Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center and its director, and two FBI agents accused of interrogating Tarhuni while stranded overseas (Jamal Tarhuni v Holder, et al [District of Oregon 3:13-cv-00001]). Meek is asking supporters to donate to the Fund in support of this lawsuit and other cases that impact the status of civil liberties in America.
Muslim Legal Fund of America is a national charity that funds legal work and programs to defend Muslims against injustice in American courtrooms, prisons and communities. Established in 2001, MLFA has defending freedom of speech, association, and religion as well as the right to a fair trial and other constitutional rights. To learn more about MLFA, visit https://www.mlfa.org.