Feds had said disclosing if somebody is on watch list hurts national security.

For the first time, the government is removing seven Americans from the no-fly list to comport with a federal judge’s ruling that the methods to challenge placement on the watch list were “wholly ineffective.”

Federal authorities notified the American Civil Liberties Union—which is representing 13 people who sued to get off the list—of its decision (PDF) late Friday. The government has until January to deal with the other six plaintiffs the ACLU is handling.

The government’s actions are in response to a June decision by US District Judge Anna Brown of Oregon, who ruled that the Traveler Redress Inquiry Program run by the Department of Homeland Security was unconstitutional and does not provide “a meaningful mechanism for travelers who have been denied boarding to correct erroneous information in the government’s terrorism databases.”

Written by David Kravets
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