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U.S. settles suit with Muslims in post-9/11 abuse
Reuters ^ | Nov. 3, 2009 | Christine Kearney

Posted on 11/03/2009 12:44:38 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government will pay $1.26 million to five Muslim men detained for months without charges after the September 11 attacks who sued for unlawful imprisonment and abuse, their lawyers said on Tuesday.

The men claimed they suffered inhumane and degrading treatment in a Brooklyn detention center, including solitary confinement, severe beatings, incessant verbal abuse and a blackout on communications with their families and attorneys.

Rachel Meeropol, a lawyer for the Center for Constitutional Rights who brought the case in Brooklyn federal court, said it was the largest settlement so far for claims of abuse in the United States following the attacks of September 11, 2001.

The Justice Department agreed to settle the suit, which was filed in 2002 after hundreds of immigrants were rounded up and held for months following the attacks, according to the CCR.

A spokesman for the U.S. Justice Department was not immediately available to comment on the settlement, in which the U.S. government admits no liability or fault. The five men were all eventually released after being cleared of any connection to terrorism but then deported.

One of the men, Yasser Ebrahim, will receive the largest payout of $356,250 minus legal fees. "After seven long years, I am relieved to be able to rebuild my life," he said in a CCR statement.

"We were deprived of our rights and abused simply because of our religion and the color of our skin," he said. "I know that I and others are still affected by what happened and that communities in the U.S. continue to feel the fallout. I sincerely hope this will never happen again."

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alretuers; dueprocess; pravdamedia

1 posted on 11/03/2009 12:44:38 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

We eat our own.

We give lavish gifts to our sworn enemies.

If you ever figure it out, clue me in, ok?


2 posted on 11/03/2009 12:46:03 PM PST by BertWheeler (Dance and the World Dances With You!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Only the lawyers make out.


3 posted on 11/03/2009 12:47:26 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Meerpol. Daughter of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. Executed spies.


4 posted on 11/03/2009 12:47:35 PM PST by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: Carley

She must be granddaughter, I think they had two sons.


5 posted on 11/03/2009 12:49:11 PM PST by gussiefinknottle (woof!woof!woof!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

After 9/11, maybe they should’ve been turned loose in the Bronx, instead of being held. That probably would’ve solved the problem at much less cost.


6 posted on 11/03/2009 12:49:45 PM PST by The Sons of Liberty (FUBO - When 0bama Fails, Freedom Prevails!)
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To: Carley

Too bad she couldn’t join them..


7 posted on 11/03/2009 12:49:45 PM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Not a single reference to any of the specific charges that led their to imprisonment.

Al Reuters


8 posted on 11/03/2009 12:53:02 PM PST by a fool in paradise (I refuse to "reduce my carbon footprint" all while Lenin remains in an airconditioned shrine)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Why deport them if they did nothing wrong and had no ties to enemies foreign or domestic?


9 posted on 11/03/2009 12:53:54 PM PST by a fool in paradise (I refuse to "reduce my carbon footprint" all while Lenin remains in an airconditioned shrine)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“The U.S. government will pay $1.26 million to five Muslim men detained for months without charges after the September 11 attacks who sued for unlawful imprisonment and abuse, their lawyers said on Tuesday.”

“The men claimed they suffered inhumane and degrading treatment in a Brooklyn detention center, including solitary confinement, severe beatings, incessant verbal abuse and a blackout on communications with their families and attorneys.”

If all that is true, the Feds violated these men’s Constitutional Rights.

And there is no excuse for denying these men their 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th Amendment Rights.


10 posted on 11/03/2009 12:55:02 PM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

We just let go of the next sleeper cell...


11 posted on 11/03/2009 12:56:50 PM PST by GauchoUSA
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To: Free ThinkerNY
The other plaintiffs who settled are Ashraf Ibrahim who also now lives in Egypt, Pakistan native Asif-Ur-Rehman Saffi who now lives in France and former Pakistani physician Shakir Baloch who now lives in Canada.

The silver lining in this dark cloud is they are no longer in this country.....for now.
12 posted on 11/03/2009 1:00:00 PM PST by RedMonqey ( John Galt , Please pick up the white courtesy phone.....)
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To: trumandogz

Why were they deported?


13 posted on 11/03/2009 1:00:30 PM PST by a fool in paradise (I refuse to "reduce my carbon footprint" all while Lenin remains in an airconditioned shrine)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Rachel Meeropol, a lawyer for the Center for Constitutional Rights who brought the case in Brooklyn federal court

The tradition of treachery against America in the Rosenberg family is alive and well. What a vile witch.

14 posted on 11/03/2009 1:01:25 PM PST by montag813 (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. -George Orwell)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"We were deprived of our rights and abused simply because of our religion and the color of our skin,"

Yeah sure, and we discriminated against the Nazis because of their German accents, right?

15 posted on 11/03/2009 1:02:39 PM PST by montag813 (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. -George Orwell)
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To: a fool in paradise

The story does not go into detail as to why they were deported, so I can only assume that they were deported due to a visa violation.

However, it seems that they had not committed any crimes and because of that were not prosecuted.

And yes, in this country even Muslims have Constitutional Rights.


16 posted on 11/03/2009 1:03:47 PM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“I am relieved to be able to rebuild my life”....

So I can come back and kill more of you....


17 posted on 11/03/2009 1:04:18 PM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: trumandogz

“The men claimed they suffered inhumane and degrading treatment in a Brooklyn detention center, including solitary confinement, severe beatings, incessant verbal abuse and a blackout on communications with their families and attorneys.”

Bulls#1t!!

Militant


18 posted on 11/03/2009 1:04:25 PM PST by militant2 (I may not agree with everything you say, but......hell, I don't agree with anything you say!)
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To: trumandogz

Muslims do indeed have constitutional rights.

Illegal immigrants do not have the right to run freely in this country.

And yes, Al Reuters left out much of the news in this peace.

Abuse is common in our prisons. Allegations of abuse are also common. Guards aren’t necessarily racist in their application of force, they equally abuse all prisoners’ rights. But that is not the gist of this story. It puts forth the notion that only muslim prisoners held without cause or suspicion were abused by evil Americans.

Al Reuters does a journalist diservice by not delving into why they were deported.


19 posted on 11/03/2009 1:07:36 PM PST by a fool in paradise (I refuse to "reduce my carbon footprint" all while Lenin remains in an airconditioned shrine)
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To: militant2

We do not know exactly how there were treated, but we do know that they were held eight months without charges, a clear violation of their Constitutional Rights.


20 posted on 11/03/2009 1:08:42 PM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: gussiefinknottle

Oops, yes sorry. When I see that name I see RED!!!

They are anti American in the extreme.


21 posted on 11/03/2009 1:10:43 PM PST by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: a fool in paradise
Illegal immigrants do not have the right to run freely in this country.

And yes, illegal immigrants do have the very same Rights, under the Bill of Rights, as American citizens.

22 posted on 11/03/2009 1:10:52 PM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: trumandogz
However, it seems that they had not committed any crimes and because of that were not prosecuted.

No prosecution does not always translate into no crime or innocent.

The mayor's teenaged daughter in my town got the charges of DWI after midnight dropped by the city (at the very least she was out after curfew and drinking under age).

Bill Ayers saw charges dropped when it was determined that investigators had illegally obtained some of the evidence against him.

It's possible that some of the evidence presented could have compromised other investigations or surveillance.

Doesn't justify holding them without charge.

Mildred Gillars was in custody for 2 years before she was charged with treason for her broadcasts as a propagandist who'd been knicknamed "Axis Sally".

23 posted on 11/03/2009 1:18:15 PM PST by a fool in paradise (I refuse to "reduce my carbon footprint" all while Lenin remains in an airconditioned shrine)
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To: trumandogz
And yes, illegal immigrants do have the very same Rights, under the Bill of Rights, as American citizens.

So you are saying that they have first amendment rights to hold public protests in this nation?

24 posted on 11/03/2009 1:19:11 PM PST by a fool in paradise (I refuse to "reduce my carbon footprint" all while Lenin remains in an airconditioned shrine)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The next time an attack happens, the U.S. will settle with the muslims, only it won’t be the gubmit.


25 posted on 11/03/2009 1:22:21 PM PST by Overtaxed Patriot (Lock and load)
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To: a fool in paradise

Yes.


26 posted on 11/03/2009 1:26:49 PM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: trumandogz

“we do know that they were held eight months without charges”

As stated by their lawyers....maybe not necessarily the Gospel truth?

Too many pieces of this story missing to leap to that conclusion, IMO.

Militant


27 posted on 11/03/2009 1:32:00 PM PST by militant2 (I may not agree with everything you say, but......hell, I don't agree with anything you say!)
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To: trumandogz

I see no public assembly rights for foreign invaders who insist that they are reclaiming ancient homeland.

We will have to agree to disagree.


28 posted on 11/03/2009 1:38:18 PM PST by a fool in paradise (I refuse to "reduce my carbon footprint" all while Lenin remains in an airconditioned shrine)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

So you take a bunch of fanatical hate-filled savages, fly occupied planes into occupied buildings, and then you get to cry victim.
They don’t have to ever fly planes into buildings again! They are making this country fit for Jihad with this country’s help.


29 posted on 11/03/2009 1:40:05 PM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: trumandogz

So when do you think one will be on the presidential ballot so you can vote for them?


30 posted on 11/03/2009 1:52:08 PM PST by rick11
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To: Carley

Yes, I’m sorry they did not choose to relocate
to their beloved Russia.


31 posted on 11/03/2009 2:10:54 PM PST by gussiefinknottle (woof!woof!woof!)
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To: a fool in paradise

The Framers when writing the First Amendment, specified that “people” not only citizens have protections under the First.

If the Framers had only wanted for citizens to have First Amendment Rights, they would have used the word “citizens.”


32 posted on 11/03/2009 2:24:52 PM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: trumandogz
They only have those rights if they were citizens or here legally. If they were here illegally (and thus the deportation) I say we can do whatever we feel is necessary to illegal aliens as far as holding them and questioning them; don't like it? Don't come to the USA illegally.
33 posted on 11/03/2009 2:29:28 PM PST by allmendream (Wealth is EARNED not distributed, so how could it be RE-distributed?)
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To: trumandogz

Illegal visitors who snuck in are not under that coverage. Also we do not have to approve the travel visas of G8 summit rioters who come here to cause unrest.


34 posted on 11/03/2009 2:29:42 PM PST by a fool in paradise (I refuse to "reduce my carbon footprint" all while Lenin remains in an airconditioned shrine)
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To: allmendream
While that may be your opinion it was not the opinion of the Framers or the SCOTUS.

Again, the Framers purposefully used the word people when penning and ratifying the First Amendment.

35 posted on 11/03/2009 2:36:49 PM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: a fool in paradise

Once in the USA, all persons are protected by the Constitution.


36 posted on 11/03/2009 2:41:13 PM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: trumandogz
German saboteurs found inside the USA during WWII were tried by a military tribunal. They were not found to have the same rights to a trial by jury of their peers as a US citizen.
37 posted on 11/03/2009 2:41:28 PM PST by allmendream (Wealth is EARNED not distributed, so how could it be RE-distributed?)
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To: trumandogz

So they have the right to bear arms too?

Not buying it.


38 posted on 11/03/2009 2:42:47 PM PST by a fool in paradise (I refuse to "reduce my carbon footprint" all while Lenin remains in an airconditioned shrine)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

And flush with the loot these peaceful practioners of The Religion of Peace will go out and create their own jihad network and punish the infidels and Zionists for their effrontery to The Religion of Peace.


39 posted on 11/03/2009 4:35:08 PM PST by JoeMac ("Dats all I can stands 'cuz I can't stands no more!'' Popeye The SailorMan)
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