- Associated Press - Thursday, August 14, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — A civil rights group is challenging the placement of five Detroit area Muslims on a national watch list of suspected terrorists and their associates.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations on Thursday sued U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in Detroit federal court.

Group lawyer Lena Masri says the watch list violates due process. The Associated Press left a phone message for the Detroit U.S. attorney’s office seeking comment.

The National Counterterrorism Center says 1.1 million people were in the database at the end of 2013. The government doesn’t need evidence of a terrorism link to place someone in the database.

An online publication The Intercept obtained a secret 2013 government document and found the Detroit suburb of Dearborn was second behind New York city in the number of listed names.

 

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