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Millions to settle lawsuits by people unfairly detained or harassed because of terrorism fears, here are a few..

In recent years the federal government or its contractors have paid millions of dollars to settle lawsuits filed by people who say they were unfairly detained or harassed because of terrorism fears. The payments include:

• $2 million in 2006 to Portland, Ore., lawyer Brandon Mayfield, who was jailed after FBI agents mistakenly linked him to a fingerprint found after the 2004 Madrid train bombings.

• $2.5 million in attorney fees and damages, ordered by a judge who found that the U.S. government failed to get court warrants before wiretapping the calls of an Oregon charity accused of supporting terrorists.

• $1.8 million in 2006 and 2009 to seven men detained for months in New York and New Jersey shortly after Sept. 11. Other plaintiffs in the case are still pursuing it in court, and their lawyers say it could eventually involve about 1,200 former detainees.

• $250,000 in 2009 to Abdallah Higazy, jailed for 34 days after an aviation radio was found in the safe of a hotel room he was occupying near the World Trade Center on Sept. 11. The radio had been left in the room by a previous guest, a pilot.

• $240,000 paid to Raed Jarrar by the Transportation Security Administration and JetBlue Airways after the TSA forced him to cover a shirt with Arabic script before boarding a flight.

• $225,000 paid by the San Francisco Police Department and a TSA contractor to Rahinah Ibrahim, who was detained at the San Francisco International Airport and lost her U.S. visa after her name appeared on a no-fly list. The Department of Homeland Security is still fighting her lawsuit.


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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 8:36 AM on Mar. 21, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Mistakes happen in the criminal justice system everyday one of the reasons I am opposed to the death penalty. I doubt anymore were made due to terroism than to crime in general.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:26 AM on Mar. 21, 2011

  • Really, things like this happen every day in all kinds of cases. but by the government giving certain people protections they should not have it is happening more often in suspected terrorist issues. These are what you call frivolous lawsuits for the most part but some are deserved due to screw ups and are fine with me.
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 10:00 AM on Mar. 21, 2011

  • So, what is the question/ discussion?
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 10:29 AM on Mar. 21, 2011

  • The foster care system pays more than this for wrongful deaths of children in their care. What's your point?
    Mom2Just1Kiddo

    Answer by Mom2Just1Kiddo at 10:47 AM on Mar. 21, 2011

  • I think it is great!! Mistakes should not happen our Government is not that dumb we have great intelligence. Everything is done for a reason. They know from the very beginning who is or not a terrorist. They just need to fill the jails so they look like they are working hard and getting the bad guys.

    This is not new!!!!!!!!!
    gammie

    Answer by gammie at 10:50 AM on Mar. 21, 2011

  • It's one thing if a person is detained for no reason .... but to expect someone to pay you almost a quarter of a mil because you had to cover up your shirt ... argh. The judge, the jury, and the lawyers should ALL be taken out and flogged ~ and the twerp that thought he was so special should be flogged twice. I feel the same way about all frivolous lawsuits. Being terminally stupid should not be grounds to get paid. Being a stupid criminal should never be grounds to get paid. I also would support hauling EVERY lawyer who made money defending guilty people, stupid people, or just perverting the legal system out to sea in a chum puddle. This is part of what is wrong with the US today.
    Farmlady09

    Answer by Farmlady09 at 1:45 PM on Mar. 21, 2011

  • Mistakes happen in the criminal justice system everyday one of the reasons I am opposed to the death penalty. I doubt anymore were made due to terroism than to crime in general.
    ??????
    People detained without benefit of a trial or due process are not victims of mistakes, they are victims of our court system. There is not mistake where there was never a trial in the first place
    adnilm

    Answer by adnilm at 2:26 PM on Mar. 21, 2011

  • It's one thing if a person is detained for no reason .... but to expect someone to pay you almost a quarter of a mil because you had to cover up your shirt ... argh


    Many of these people are still trying to clear their names, their reputations have been ruined...and not a charge to be found

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 2:51 PM on Mar. 21, 2011

  • People detained without benefit of a trial or due process are not victims of mistakes, they are victims of our court system. There is not mistake where there was never a trial in the first place


    Being put to death for something you didn't do or being locked up for 20 years for a crime you didn't commit is far worse than having to cover you shirt up or being falsely detained. Sucks they didn't have a trial but those in the OP were compensated and didn't have their life taken or years of their life taken. They got a big check and are considered martyrs now.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:08 PM on Mar. 21, 2011

  • Many of these people are still trying to clear their names, their reputations have been ruined...and not a charge to be found

    What does that have to do with the frivolous and ridiculous ~ and the outright blasphemous payouts to people like the one asked to cover up his shirt?!? Did that damage his reputation? Did it attach some bizarre stigma to his name or his life?!?

    Go back and read what I wrote one more time. I have no problem with paying people who are held/jailed for no cause, never charged, etc.

    On the other hand, I think people who buy a screwdriver, stick it in their own eye, and expect the company who made the hammer to make them independently wealthy should be tossed in jail ... or sent off to spend a year at stupid camp and pay for it with hard labor.

    See the difference?
    Farmlady09

    Answer by Farmlady09 at 4:49 PM on Mar. 21, 2011

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