Target: American Civil Liberties Union
Goal: Stand by the ACLU in asking a federal court that the practice of banning people from flying without giving them a reason be ruled unconstitutional.
The American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU, is headed to federal court to demand that people placed on the No Fly List are given an explanation why, as well as prior notification and a way to clear their name from the list. Currently, somebody can be blacklisted from flying to or from the U.S. and over American airspace without being given notice or any reason why, and in addition, are not being given a way to get off the list. This practice is not only unfair, but it is unconstitutional. The ACLU should have the support of the American people when they approach a federal judge.
In 2010, the ACLU filed a suit representing 13 U.S. citizens, including four military veterans, who were placed on the No Fly List without warning or reason. The case was dismissed, but in 2012, the 9th Circuit Appeals Court reversed the dismissal, and the court is now considering the case. By being placed on a No Fly List, these peoples’ lives have been severely affected in a number of ways, including not being able to travel for work, visit friends and family, or even attend school. It’s reported that nearly 20,000 people are on the No Fly List currently, and no explanation as to why they are on it in the first place or method to get off the list is ever given.
This type of practice is unjust and it should be stopped immediately, before more people have to be affected by this. Sign this petition to show the ACLU that you support their case and demand that citizens of this country be treated fairly in these situations.
Dear American Civil Liberties Union,
American citizens are being placed on the No Fly List without warning, reasons why, or a way to get off the list, and I feel that this is unjust. Not only does this affect peoples’ lives in a number of different ways, but it goes against the constitution that is in place to protect our rights. The 13 people, including 4 military veterans, that you are representing in federal court deserve fair treatment under the law, and this practice in general should not be allowed to continue as it is. Anybody who is blacklisted from flying should be given notice so that they don’t plan trips that they won’t be able to go on, and they should also be given a real reason why they were placed on the list in the first place.
I applaud your efforts in attempting to get this practice ruled unconstitutional, and I’ve signed this petition to show you that that majority of American citizens support what you are trying to do. My hope is that when you approach the court with this case, you can show them just how many people out there believe this is not right.
[Your Name Here]
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