The imam of Portland's largest mosque and four others argued Tuesday that the government's no-fly list has stigmatized them as terrorists for more than seven years.
Mohamed Sheikh Abdirahman Kariye, the spiritual leader at the Islamic Center of Portland, and the other plaintiffs have sought to clear their names and regain the right to fly.
They've been denied due process based on a faulty "prediction that they might someday commit violent acts of terrorism,'' their lawyer said. None of them have faced criminal charges.
The restriction has separated the men from relatives, caused them to lose jobs and prevented them from fulfilling religious obligations, such as traveling on a pilgrimage to Mecca, they said.