University of Michigan Law School
Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse
Title "Tanvir v. Tanzin (formerly Tanvir v. Holder and Tanvir v. Lynch)"
Date Oct 6, 2020
Author Center for Constitutional Rights
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Abstract Tanvir v. Lynch (formerly Tanvir v. Holder) is a federal lawsuit filed against the FBI, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Homeland Security that challenges the FBI’s abuse of the No-Fly List to coerce law-abiding American Muslims into spying on their religious communities. The government operates the No-Fly List under near-total secrecy, and, at the time the suit was filed, refused to tell people whether they were on the list or why they had been listed, and provided no mechanism to dispute that placement. The plaintiffs in the case are four American Muslim men with no criminal records who were approached by the FBI in an effort to recruit them as informants. As a result of their placement on the No-Fly List and the FBI’s unwarranted scrutiny, some of the men were not able to see family members overseas for years. One was not able to visit his gravely ill 93-year-old grandmother; another was separated from his wife and three young daughters for roughly five years; a third was unable to see his wife for nearly two years. The case is part of CCR’s broader effort to end warrantless government surveillance of civilians, particularly those who are being targeted on the basis of their Muslim identity or activism.
Source Center for Constitutional Rights

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case Tanvir v. Holder (NS-NY-0007)

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