Brad Messer Commentary
Monday, July 21, 2003

Patriot Act Abuses

More than once a week, the U.S. reportedly violates the civil rights or civil liberties of someone detained as a terrorist suspect. The Justice Department's own Inspector general says so.

According to The New York Times:

..in six months, there were 34 credible complaints of civil rights and civil liberties violations .. including accusations that Muslim and Arab immigrants in federal detention centers had been beaten.

The accusations are centered on the Bureau of Prisons, FBI, DEA, and Immigration. In one prison case, an offending officer was initially cleared of suspicion thru a whitewash investigation that didn't even interview the officer or the inmate he abused.

If there are rights abuses because of the oh-so-horribly misnamed Patriot Act, there's one item of good news in all of this.

The abuses are being reported by the Justice Departrment itself.

We make mistakes, and the Patriot Act itself is one of them. But America usually tries to correct its mistakes, and we remain - without challenge - the world champion of civil rights and liberties, bar none. It's just a bit messy at times.

Brad Messer commentary, KTSA.


July 21, 2003
Accusations of Abuse in Report on USA Patriot Act

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