US court to hear case against unjust arrests of Muslims after 9/11

Source: The Guardian

Lawsuit brought by Muslims rounded up after 9/11 gets go-ahead from court

In all, 762 detainees were swept up across US, including 491 in the New York area, and locked up and abused for months at a time, alleges lawsuit

It has been nearly 14 years since the 9/11 attacks, but a lawsuit on behalf of Muslims rounded up in the aftermath has barely moved forward as lawyers try to show how frightening it was for hundreds of men with no ties to terrorism to be treated like terrorists, locked up and abused for months at a time.

The lawsuit finally got the go-ahead from a federal appeals court last week, with two judges willing to let the courts grapple with what happened when the largest criminal probe in US history tested the boundaries of civil liberties.

In a 2-1 ruling, the second US circuit court of appeals reinstated the lawsuit against three former top US officials, including then attorney general John Ashcroft and FBI director Robert Mueller.

 

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