How to Waste Money

Just panic when there’™s a big emergency,arrest people based on whether they have an Arabic last name, hold them without charges for a couple years, then deport. The wasting money part? Just wait for the lawsuit.

The federal government has agreed to pay $300,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by an Egyptian who was [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

Just panic when there’™s a big emergency,arrest people based on whether they have an Arabic last name, hold them without charges for a couple years, then deport. The wasting money part? Just wait for the lawsuit.

The federal government has agreed to pay $300,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by an Egyptian who was among dozens of Muslim men swept up in the New York area after 9/11, held for months in a federal detention center in Brooklyn and deported after being cleared of links to terrorism.


The settlement, filed in federal court late yesterday, is the first the government has made in a number of lawsuits charging that noncitizens were abused and their constitutional rights violated in detentions after the terror attacks.

The government had argued that the lawsuits should be dismissed without testimony because the extraordinary circumstances of the terror attacks justified extraordinary measures to confine noncitizens who fell under suspicion, and because top officials need governmental immunity to combat future threats to national security without fear of being sued.

And all they had to do was charge the guys with a crime and then get a friendly judge to make sure they don’™t get bail. After that, prove the crime and send the guys to jail. Sure, that’™s a bit corrupt, but the Republicans can’™t even follow those rules, which are flllowed all the time in Brooklyn, where these incidents occured. Instead, they declared a police state. And it is costing us big bucks for their total incompetence.

Oh, that last part in bold? I put it in bold because it made me lose my breakfast.

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006 by Richard Blair |

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