In an order issued Friday, a federal judge in San Francisco has allowed a case challenging the National Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative (NSI) to move forward by denying the government’s motion to dismiss.
Since 2007 as part of the NSI, federal authorities encourage state and local law enforcement to gather information on potential terrorism suspects through “Suspicious Activity Reports,” (SAR) which can stay in federal databases for 30 years.
The current case, known as Gill et al. v. Department of Justice et al (Gill v. DOJ), seeks to halt the standards that define the entire NSI program. If Gill was successful, it could effectively stop it.
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