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CAIR to Offer Oral Arguments in Defense of Federal Court’s Decision Declaring the Terror Watchlist Illegal

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/25/21) – On Tuesday, January 26, attorneys from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will argue in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in support of the Muslim civil rights organization’s constitutional challenge to the federal government’s Terrorism Screening Database that anchors the watchlisting system.

Audio of the oral arguments will be available online.

WHAT: CAIR Oral Argument for Elhady v. Kable IV

WHEN: Tuesday, January 26, 9:30 AM

WHERE:  Audio will livestream here:  

WHO: CAIR Legal Team

CONTACT: Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425,; National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, 


In September 2019, a lower court judge held that the watchlisting system is broadly illegal and violates the rights of the 23 Muslims who CAIR represents in the case.


SEE: Secret Terrorism Watchlist Found Unconstitutional in Historic Decision

The government is now attempting to overturn that decision. CAIR’s position on appeal is supported by a broad and ideologically diverse group of amici (friends of the court), including the CATO Institute, ACLU, the Brennan Center for Justice, the Firearm Policy Coalition, Korematsu Center, Rutherford Institute, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

SEE: Diverse Coalition Supports Ruling Declaring Watchlisting System Illegal

CAIR’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims. 

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos. 


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