For Immediate Release
Federal Court Urged to Allow Post 9/11 Religious Profiling Suit to Proceed
Abuse of Detainees in Spotlight in Wake of Representative King’s Hearings Demonizing Muslim-Americans
NEW YORK - Today the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) urged a federal court judge to reject the government’s efforts to halt a class action civil rights lawsuit on behalf of eight Muslim, South Asian and Arab non-citizens swept up by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and FBI in a religious profiling dragnet following 9/11. The lawsuit, Turkmen v. Ashcroft, challenges their placement in supermaximum security detention and abuse by prison guards and high level Bush administration officials.
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