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Fourteen probes into US abuses of terror suspects disclosed

The US Justice Department is conducting 14 investigations into alleged abuses and mistreatment of post-September 11 detainees, including a charge that a guard used a Muslim inmate’s shirt to polish his shoes, according to a new government report. The cases, detailed Monday by the department’s inspector general, range from accusations of use of excessive force, verbal abuse, religious insensitivities to illegal searches by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. But the investigated cases represent only a tiny fraction of the total number of 1,073 civil rights complaints received by US authorities from people imprisoned under the Patriot Act adopted in the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, according to the document made public Monday. The measure gives law enforcement authorities unprecedented surveillance and detention powers designed to help the government ferret out possible terrorist infiltrators. Full Story

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