Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

War on Error: Millions Pay Out To Wrongfully Accused Terror Suspects

Posted by Info on 22/03/2011

More than $8million from the U.S. Government and its contractors has been paid in just six cases, where people claimed they were wrongfully detained or harassed because of terrorism fears.
Something to be learn in Russia or Uzbekistan? Could people claim that they were wrongfully detained or harassed because of terrorims fears.

1) $2 million were paid in 2006 to lawyer Brandon Mayfield, who was erroneously linked to the 2004 Madrid train bombings.
Mayfield was jailed after FBI agents mistakenly linked him to a fingerprint found after the bombings. The print turned out to belong to an Algerian national.

2) A judge ruled that the U.S. Government failed to get court warrants before wire-tapping the calls of two lawyers working for an Islamic nonprofit group. U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that warrantless wire-tapping of the now-defunct Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation in 2004 violated the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Judge Walker ordered the government to pay $2.5 million in attorney fees and damages.

3) In 2006 and 2009, $1.8 million was paid to seven men detained for months in New York and New Jersey shortly after the September 11 attacks. Other plaintiffs in the case are still pursuing claims in court, and their lawyers say it could eventually involve about 1,200 former detainees.

4) In 2001 Abdallah Higazy was jailed for 34 days after an aviation radio was found in the safe of a hotel room he was occupying near the World Trade Center on September 11. It was later revealed that the radio had been left in the room by a previous guest, a pilot. Higazy was awarded $250,000 in 2009. Higazy alleged that an FBI interviewer threatened to have his family in Egypt tortured if he did not admit that the radio was his.

5) San Francisco Police Department was ordered to pay $225,000 to Rahinah Ibrahim, who was detained at San Francisco International Airport and lost her U.S. visa after her name appeared on a no-fly list in error. A native of Malaysia, Ibrahim is a mother of four and was a PhD student at Stanford at the time.

6) $240,000 were being paid to Raed Jarrar by the TSA and JetBlue Airways after he was forced cover up a shirt featuring Arabic script before boarding a flight. The Iraqi-born architect’s T-shirt read ‘We Will Not Be Silent’, a reference to the White Rose resistance against the Nazis in World War II Germany.

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