Unmask Officials in Global Entry Case, Judge Tells Homeland Security
MANHATTAN (CN) — A federal judge put a spotlight on the Department of Homeland Security with a pair of Wednesday rulings, the first of which suggests a possible coverup on why the agency shut New Yorkers out of Global Entry.
“The meager size of the administrative record raises the real possibility that defendants withheld documents that would be critical to plaintiffs’ case,” U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman wrote, refusing to let the Department of Homeland Security withhold a log that specifies how many and what type of documents it is attempting to keep under wraps.
Hours later, Furman issued another ruling that says Homeland Security must identify the officials involved.
New York has been on the hunt for such records since filing suit earlier this year after the government announced that New Yorkers could no longer apply to its Trusted Traveler Program, which lets participants otherwise breeze through lines for security screenings at airports.