The cost of Neocon paranoia continues to grow.

By | March 2, 2006

The cost of Neocon paranoia continues to grow

The U.S. government has agreed to pay $300,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by an Egyptian man among hundreds of Muslims detained after the September 11 attacks, his lawyer said on Tuesday…. Federal authorities detained 762 non-citizens — virtually all Muslims or Arabs — in the weeks after the attacks, and none of them was found to have links with the suicide hijackings or al Qaeda.?In Egyptian Ehab Elmaghraby’s case, he was detained for almost a year and when he was finally charged it was not with terrorism but with credit card fraud. …?The U.S. Justice Department declined to comment. Former Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller were among the defendants. …?The government has defended its actions, saying extraordinary measures were required for national security.?The government admitted no wrongdoing, which is typical when a lawsuit is settled. – [see scotsman]

Credit card theft. So, these are the type of people we are told are so dangerous that they must be held in secret and tortured? If each gets 300K from a lawsuit, that’s about $230 million.

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