ACLU and Human Rights Watch At It Again

Just when you thought you’d seen the end of flag burning for a while, the ACLU and Human Rights Watch come out with something new to complain about! This time they’ve teamed up with their Anti-American allegations.

More allegations are coming from the Anti-American groups Human Rights Watch and the ACLU. The new allegations have to do with supposedly holding 70 some Muslims after 9-11 on “baseless accusations”… It is amazing that when our country just lost 3,000 innocent victims to terrorism, these groups, at least one that has its headquarters across town from the disaster, worry that some 70 individuals “may” have been held in what “they see” as a violation of individual rights.

(A bit off track, but… Is Karl Rove a genious or what? )

The Justice Department had this to say in return:

The US Justice Department held the men under a federal law as witnesses likely to flee, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union say.

In a new report, the US is criticised for not arresting the men as criminal suspects, and later releasing many.

The Justice Department says the witness ruling is crucial to crime-fighting.

The material witness law was designed to allow the detention of witnesses thought to have information relating to a crime but who might flee.

Judges were willing to co-operate with FBI calls for detentions in the weeks and months after 11 September 2001 as authorities attempted both to investigate the attacks and to prevent fresh strikes.

But, to the ACLU and Human Rights Watch this was unacceptable!…

They accuse the US government of using the law to detain suspects when there was not enough substantive evidence to hold them for questioning.

Many were not informed of the reason for their arrest, allowed immediate access to a lawyer, or permitted to see the evidence against them, the report says.

“They didn’t have access to the basis for their arrest, weren’t provided with lawyers, weren’t allowed to talk to family members and were held in complete secrecy with no concrete end to their detention,” said the report’s author, Anjana Malhotra.

A spokesman for the US Justice Department told the Associated Press that the material witness ruling was designed with judicial safeguards in mind and was a key part of fighting a range of crimes.

Granted these are just allegations at this point. As with anything coming from the “gulag” within the Human Rights Watch Organization these days, their supposed facts must be thoroughly checked before you can deem them credible.

Wouldn’t these organizations be happier someplace else? Perhaps Europe? It pains us all to see them so unhappy with their current home. A pity…

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