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Supreme Court Rejects Appeal in Secret Sept. 11 Case

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday allowed the Bush administration to keep secret all documents in the case of a Middle Eastern man detained for immigration violations after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. In keeping with its record of declining to hear cases challenging the government’s secrecy rules in connection with the Sept. 11 attacks, the court rejected without comment the appeal of a man, identified only by the initials “M.K.B.” The man’s lawyers contended the secrecy was unconstitutional. They said even the docket, or summary, of the proceedings had been sealed by a federal judge and a U.S. appeals court that considered his challenge to the detention. The man has been identified by a Miami newspaper as Mohamed Kamel Bellahouel, an Algerian-born resident of south Florida. He was one of the more than 750 foreigners, mostly Middle Eastern men, detained in the United States for immigration violations in the government’s probe of the Sept. 11 hijacked airline attacks. Full Story

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