Bending the Third Rail
Because We Should, We Can, We Do
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
This Could Get Expensive
NY Times via TalkLeft:
The federal government has agreed to pay $300,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by an Egyptian who was among dozens of Muslim men swept up in the New York area after 9/11, held for months in a federal detention center in Brooklyn and deported after being cleared of links to terrorism.

The settlement, filed in federal court late yesterday, is the first the government has made in a number of lawsuits charging that noncitizens were abused and their constitutional rights violated in detentions after the terror attacks.
Some people might call it hush money.

I heard Sam Seder on the radio say that the defendent only agreed to a settlement because he's broke and sick from injuries incurred while detained. I would have loved to see it go to a jury trial. But never fear, this is only the beginning of a long long line of civil actions having to do with Bush the dictator.