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No Justice for Jailed Muslims?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Speaking of John Walker Lindh, the imprisoned “American Taliban” whose father’s New York Times op-ed plea for his release (now that Osama bin Laden is dead) has prompted a new wave of debate over how suspected terrorists should be treated:

From the AP’s story:

Born in Kansas, Al-Kidd is a former University of Idaho football star who now teaches English to college students in Saudi Arabia. He was headed to Saudi Arabia on a scholarship in 2003 when federal agents arrested him at Washington-Dulles International Airport.

The sworn statement the FBI submitted to justify the warrant had important errors and omissions. The $5,000 one-way, first-class seat that the agents said al-Kidd purchased was, in reality, a coach-class, round-trip ticket. The statement neglected to mention that al-Kidd had been cooperative or that he was a U.S. citizen with a wife and children who also were American.

After the arrest, he was held for 16 days, during which he was strip-searched repeatedly, left naked in a jail cell and shower for more than 90 minutes in view of men and women, routinely transported in handcuffs and leg irons, and kept with people who had been convicted of violent crimes.

Even after Tuesday’s ruling, al-Kidd still has claims pending against the FBI agents who obtained the material witness warrant used to arrest him. Al-Kidd has separately reached settlements with Virginia, Oklahoma and Idaho jail officials over his treatment. A federal judge in Oklahoma ruled the strip searches al-Kidd endured at the federal jail in Oklahoma City “were objectively unreasonable and violated the Fourth Amendment.”

Horrifying? Then again, I guess we could be Egypt:

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nnmns

posted June 1, 2011 at 4:20 pm


I think we are losing our freedoms. We are afraid. And politicians are afraid to be responsible if another attack succeeds so we lose our freedoms a little at a time, usually. We lose them under a Republican and hope to get them back under a Democrat but largely don’t. And if I were President I can’t swear I wouldn’t be as bad. But our fear is costing us our freedom. The freedom men and women fought and died for we are giving up because we are afraid.



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MH

posted June 1, 2011 at 9:20 pm


Politicians love power and fear is a potent political weapon to obtain more.



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Jester

posted June 5, 2011 at 1:32 am


Rrrrrright… We’re losing our freedoms because Republicans bad, Democrats goooood.



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posted July 5, 2011 at 4:55 pm

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