Federal court Slap Ashcroft for detaining Muslims illegally
Former Attorney General John Ashcroft got a tight slap from federal court for bullying around with power, especially in the case of 9/11 Terrorist attacks where Muslims as well as others were illegally detained as material witnesses. (or was it 9/11 Bush administrations planned attacks! 🙂 Check out http://www.911truth.org)
“repugnant to the Constitution and a painful reminder of some of the most ignominious chapters of our national history”, were the harsh words used by the 3 judge panel of 9th U.S. Circuit Court. The court ruled that a person found being detained as material witness in terrorism case can sue Ashcroft for violating their rights granted by constitution.
A U.S citizen and a former student of University of Idaho, Abdullah AlKidd, was detained for two weeks because of which it costed him his scholarship to study in Saudi Arabia and also costed him employment opportunities in 2005. He filed a lawsuit for the same.
He said that many Muslim men especially of Arab descent were held in detention as material witnesses if the government suspected them of a crime but has no evidence against them. This was the illegal government policy created by Ashcroft.
“The use of the material witness statute as a post-9/11 detention tool is one of the least understood parts of the post 9/11 landscape, but it has enormous implications because it was done in secret and the government has never renounced the policy,” Gelernt said. “Our hope is that we can now begin the process of uncovering the full contours of this illegal national policy.”
The 9th Circuit judges said that Ashcroft wantedly used the material witness concept to detain suspects as he wished, thus bullying around with the power.
“Sadly, however, even now, more than 217 years after the ratification of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, some confidently assert that the government has the power to arrest and detain or restrict American citizens for months on end, in sometimes primitive conditions, not because there is evidence that they have committed a crime, but merely because the government wishes to investigate them for possible wrongdoing, or to prevent them from having contact with others in the outside world,” Judge Milan D. Smith Jr., for the majority. “We find this to be repugnant to the Constitution and a painful reminder of some of the most ignominious chapters of our national history.”
So Bush gets a shoe slap while Ashcroft gets a legal slap! 🙂 Hope we see more of these war criminals getting punished for all that they did.