A federal court finally steps up

by Wendy Thomson on July 27, 2012



Finally. That’s all I can say. Finally, a federal court ruled that it does, indeed, have jurisdiction over at least some TSA procedures.  

It’s about time.

The TSA has argued time and time again that its procedures are not subject to the U.S. Federal District Court system. And until now, federal district courts have agreed. They agreed in Ventura v. TSA, the case brought by the Rutherford Institute on behalf of several plaintiffs, and pretty much every other case filed before this year.

As reported by the Wall Street Journal, an Appellate Court recently ruled that the Ninth District Court erred when it dismissed a 2010 case brought by the ACLU on behalf of 15 people who were barred from returning to the U.S. because they’re on the no-fly list. The suit asks that the defendants be removed from the list or be told why they’re on it in the first place. The Appellate Court ruled that the federal court system does have jurisdiction and can make rulings on the TSA’s policies and procedures.

What’s amazing about this ruling is that it even had to happen. A government agency not subject to court oversight? Really? When was it, exactly, that we fell down this rabbit hole? And why has it taken so long to realize we’ve gone through the looking glass?

(Photo: Flickr Creative Commons/Cea)

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