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Old 01-28-2004, 12:05 AM   #1
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Justice Department Investigation Finds NO Abuses of the Patriot Act

[Q]Justice Dept. Finds No Patriot Act Abuse
By CURT ANDERSON Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Justice Department investigation into possible civil rights and civil liberties abuses under the anti-terrorism USA Patriot Act found no abuses but a few instances of mistreatment of Muslim and Arab people, mainly at U.S. prisons, according to a report released Tuesday.

Among the 1,266 recent civil rights and civil liberties complaints received between June 14 and Dec. 15, 2003, only 17 involved Justice employees and merited a full investigation, according to the report by Glenn A. Fine, the department's inspector general.

Of those, most involved excessive force, verbal abuse and other alleged mistreatment at Bureau of Prisons facilities.

Congress required the inspector general to investigate possible civil rights and civil liberties abuses directed against Muslims, Arabs and others as part of the Patriot Act, passed after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that expanded the government's anti-terrorism investigatory powers.

The report found no civil rights or civil liberties abuses specifically related to the Patriot Act, which allows more phone taps, expanded search powers and other surveillance techniques.

The report did find that an unidentified immigration agent improperly displayed his credentials to an Arab-American gas station attendant who said he was out of paper towels that the agent wanted. The agent also improperly checked government databases for information about the attendant.

In another instance, a Bureau of Prisons guard acknowledged that he had previously misled investigators and now acknowledged verbally abusing a Muslim inmate and throwing his Koran into a garbage can.

But investigators could not substantiate another inmate's claim that an immigration enforcement officer held a loaded gun to the inmate's head and threatened him while he was being transported.

Several other complaints remain under investigation, including one from a federal prisoner who claimed that a prison warden and some guards threatened to "gas" certain inmates following the Sept. 11 attacks. An Egyptian man detained after the attacks said he was improperly forced to undergo a body cavity search in the presence of numerous people, including a woman.

In all, the inspector general checked 162 complaints involving Justice employees. Another 384 were against other federal agencies or state and local government entities and were referred to those agencies for investigation.

Most of the complaints - 720 - were found to be "unrelated" to civil liberties or civil rights. These included people who claim the government is broadcasting harmful signals to people or that its agents are intercepting their dreams, according to the report.[/Q]http://news.findlaw.com/ap_stories/a...100010_19.html
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I can tell them where to look--a little place called Guantanamo Bay...
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There are reasons the USA has not been attacked by terrorist in the 2 and a half years since 9/11. Guantanamo Bay is one of them.
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John Ashcroft finding no abuses of the Patriot Act? No, really?

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Exactly what I was thinking, Melon.

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There are reasons the USA has not been attacked by terrorist in the 2 and a half years since 9/11. Guantanamo Bay is one of them.
And if we place the rest of the world there we'll never have to worry about getting attacked, and we can live in peace.
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There are reasons the USA has not been attacked by terrorist in the 2 and a half years since 9/11. Guantanamo Bay is one of them.
Sure, but this has got nothing to do with the way these people are treated. Simply confinement of prissoners would be enough to prevent them making another terrorist attack. Conditions on Guantanamo Bay have more to do with the sadist leanings of the people in charge. I consider a society which allows for prisoners to be treated like this to be one step closer to a society terrorists want.
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What melon said.
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John Ashcroft finding no abuses of the Patriot Act? No, really?

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Even though I support the Patriot Act.....It is totally silly to have them investigate themselves for abuses.
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Sure, but this has got nothing to do with the way these people are treated. Simply confinement of prissoners would be enough to prevent them making another terrorist attack. Conditions on Guantanamo Bay have more to do with the sadist leanings of the people in charge. I consider a society which allows for prisoners to be treated like this to be one step closer to a society terrorists want.
Hot meals, Volley Ball and superior views of the ocean are more than most inmates in the USA or elsewhere often get. I would say the the living conditions at Guantanamo Bay are a major improvement for most of these individuals compared to some cave or tent in the mountains of Afghanistan.

How about the hellish living conditions that these terrorist have put thousands of people and families in?
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Hot meals maybe, the rest are not enjoyed by the enemy combatants but only the US soldiers.
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Thats not what reporters who toured the place said.
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Thats not what reporters who toured the place said.
I think we've already had this discussion in here before. I'd do a search but I can't.
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