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DOJ, DHS Terrorism Report ‘Rife With Inaccuracies,’ Suit Says

DOJ, DHS Terrorism Report ‘Rife With Inaccuracies,’ Suit Says

Two nonpartisan policy groups have sued the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security over a January report on “protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry,” claiming the Trump administration published disinformation based on unrevealed and otherwise questionable data.

Protect Democracy Project Inc. and the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law joined two policy analysts in accusing the 11-page report, which President Donald Trump’s first travel ban directed the DOJ and DHS to prepare, of being “rife with inaccuracies and methodological flaws.”

The complaint allegedly follows an Information Quality Act petition to correct the report, but the group of policy wonks said neither agency has responded within the regulatory time limit, “much less rescinded or corrected” it. Claiming the nonresponse violates their right to petition the government for corrections of substandard publications, the suit seeks declaratory relief as well as an injunction requiring the DOJ and DHS to respond to the correction request.

Jamila Benkato, counsel at Protect Democracy, said in a statement Thursday that the report “is the opposite of shared facts” required for democratic debate.

“Our government issued a false report using flawed methodology that violates its own rules, for the sole purpose of justifying immigration-restricting policies that it already decided upon,” Benkato said.

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