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At age 19, Gulet Mohamed, a U.S. citizen, was denied travel back home to the United States, when trying to board a flight leaving Kuwait for DC.  He was on the U.S. No-Fly List.  He hadn't committed nor was he convicted of any crime.  He did, however, travel, to Yemen and Somalia, countries known for anti-Americanism.  He was detained in Kuwait for a month, interrogated by the FBI and has made allegations of being tortured while in custody.

That was two years ago.  Today, there was a hearing in Virginia to determine whether or not Mohamed's lawsuit challenging even him being on the watch-list, will be allowed to go forward.  At the heart of the case is whether Americans can be stopped from returning to the U.S., and to challenge how and why he and others get on the No-Fly List to begin with.  The hearing is to take place before Judge Anthony Trenga in a U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Alexandria. 

Going back to the 2009's attempted Christmas Day "underwear" bombing, several American-Muslims alleged to be put on the No-Fly List and experiencing something similar to Mohamed's claims. Back in May of this year, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the feds efforts to dismiss Gulet Mohamed's challenge to his placement on the list.  That ruling cleared the way for today's hearing.  Advocates for Mohamed also filled a lawsuit against the U.S. government claiming that refusing Mohamed's right to return to the U.S. violates his Fourteenth Amendment right to reside in the United States and to re-enter the country from abroad. 


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