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Patriot Act Abuse Complaints Documented

Justice Department investigators found that 34 claims were credible of more than 1,000 civil rights and civil liberties complaints stemming from anti-terrorism efforts, including allegations of intimidation and false arrest. According to a report Monday, Glenn A. Fine, the Justice Department’s inspector general, looked into allegations made between Dec. 16, 2002, and June 15 under oversight provisions of the USA Patriot Act. Many complaints were from Muslims or people of Arab descent who claimed they were beaten or verbally abused while being detained. Among these are a claim by a Muslim inmate that he was ordered to “remove his shirt so that the officer could use it to shine his shoes” and a complaint from an Egyptian national that he was improperly arrested by the FBI after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The report also substantiated a claim by a federal prison inmate who said he was told by a prison doctor, “If I was in charge, I would execute every one of you … because of the crimes you all did.” The doctor received a verbal reprimand from the Bureau of Prisons, the report said. Full Story

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